Handloom weaving has emerged as a powerful catalyst for women's economic empowerment, especially in rural and marginalised communities in India.
He made these remarks on the occasion of National Handloom Day at Vijayawada, addressing an association of weavers.
The usual demand and placement of new orders for Begumpur handloom sarees are missing this year as more than 5000 handloom and power loom weavers of Begumpur are practical with no work since the last five months
Even after the lockdown period ends, the revival of the Dhaniekhali handloom sari business is uncertain.
On National Handloom Day, Sahapedia looks at some of the dedicated weaving communities of India, whose lives and livelihoods intertwined in the very patterns that they create.
Parisera, an online platform is offering exclusive and exquisite handwoven sarees that are directly sourced from weavers across the country.
Designer Manish Malhotra had much to say about various facets of the industry at the Textiles India 2017 summit.