Little India: Overseas Indian, NRI, Asian Indian, Indian American

The Saga of Indian Hand-woven Fabrics

On August 7 every year since 2015, India celebrates (it would perhaps be more appropriate to use the word ‘observes’) National Handloom Day. The Indian handloom industry is the largest cottage industry in the country. The sector is very important in terms of its size and employment potential. It provides direct and indirect employment to over 13 million weavers and is the single largest economic activity, second only to agriculture.