National Conference & Awards
Women in Textiles & Handicrafts Industry: Weaving the Threads of Livelihood

08 November, 2017, Hotel Le Méridien, New Delhi

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The Textile & Handicrafts Industry plays a pivotal role in the Indian economy through its contribution to industrial output, employment generation, and export earnings. This Industry traditionally, after agriculture, is the only industry that has generated huge employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labor. This fact has enforced the Government to include the Industry amongst the 25 key sectors, which have the potential to compete with the best in the world, for ‘Make in India’ mission.

Handlooms & Handicrafts and Women, both the terms have their individual identity and the fruitful amalgamation of both gives them a more meaningful identity. These Industries are a major source of income for rural communities in general and for rural women in particular. Though a large number of female workforce, both urban and tribal, from all sections of the society are involved in making of textile & handicraft items but in retrospect they are not getting appropriate returns for their efforts. The contribution of women and especially tribal women from the weaker section of the Indian society, play an important role in the economic development of the nation which is very necessary and has a great impact on women’s development.

With an objective to create awareness about the initiatives taken by the Government to develop synergies amongst the women workers engaged with these Industries under the ongoing schemes and also to fortify the inclusive growth & financial inclusion, ASSOCHAM, in collaboration with the stakeholders, has decided to organize National Conference & Awards Women in Textiles & Handicrafts Industry: Weaving the Threads of Livelihood on 8TH November, 2017 at Hotel Le Méridien, New Delhi.

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles has been invited to inaugurate the Conference and be the Chief Guest and Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon'ble Minister of State for Textiles has been invited as the
Guest of Honour.

At a time when India seems confounded by the way its textile history is being excavated and debated, confused by the criss-cross arguments and new debates on textiles, this National Conference may be an eye-opener. For those who merely “love” textiles & handicrafts, this display, a visual showcase of the pride and prejudice embedded in the country’s textile narrative, will help understand challenges, invite political interest and, hopefully, ignite new ideas for sustenance.

For any sponsorship related queries please contact Ms. Teena Sharma (M): +91-99719-49719, (E): & Ms. Arushi Saxena, (M): +91-98119-13384, (E): for any further queries/assistance.