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Centre to set up 10 more Handloom Design Resource Centres,

Ministry of Textiles is building the handloom ecosystem

In order to promote Handlooms in a big way, the Ministry of Textiles has undertaken many new initiatives.

10 more Design Resource Centres (DRCs) are in the process of being set up by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCs) of Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kannur, Indore, Nagpur, Meerut, Bhagalpur and Panipat with the objective to build and create design-oriented excellence in the Handloom Sector and to facilitate weavers, exporters, manufacturers, and designers access design repositories for sample/product improvisation and development.

Ministry has roped in NIFT keeping in view the fact that it is an inhouse organization of MoT,  of which Handloom also is a part, and also the expertise of  NIFT in fashion and design trends which can be utilized by Handloom Sector for greater market linkage.  DRCs are being established by NIFT in all WSCs in a phased manner, wherein a vast inventory of designs and resources will be available for use by exporters, Manufacturers, Designers, Weavers, and other stakeholders.

DRCs have been set up and inaugurated in WSCs of Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Jaipur, and Varanasi. The eighth DRC at Kancheepuram was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles on National Handloom Day, August 07, 2021.

Initially, Handloom Design Centres at Mumbai, Chennai, and Varanasi were set up in 1956. Activities of these Design Centres later expanded to cover other aspects of handloom textiles, which were then Re-designated as the Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCs). Over a period of time each of the Weavers’ Service Centres accumulated a large number of handloom designs and samples. Meanwhile, efforts were made to engage designers of repute and attach them to individual weaver clusters to contribute towards design innovation, training, and improve the marketability of the handloom products.

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MoUs were signed with several designers. But the effort was met with limited success and after some time fully lost impetus. This led to the concept of having an in-house design repository where both contributors and beneficiaries can have a common place to share designs, even though in an indirect fashion. NIFT was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up DRCs in all the WSCs in a phased manner.

Set up in 1986, NIFT is the pioneering institute of fashion education in the country and has been in the frontline of providing professional human resources to the textile and apparel industry. Over the years NIFT, with its 17 campuses in different parts of the country has been working as a knowledge service provider in the area of design development and positioning of handlooms and handicrafts.

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