Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed an international webinar on textile traditions organised by ICCR.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Uttar Pradesh Institute of Design for their efforts in bringing people from different countries to participate in the webinar on the theme “Weaving Relations: Textile Traditions.” He said in the textile sector one can see our history, diversity and immense opportunity.
The Prime Minister talked about the India’s rich textile traditions. He said naturally coloured cotton and silk has a long and glorious history in India.
“The diversity in our textiles shows the richness of our culture. There is something unique about the textile traditions in every community, every village and every state. Our tribal communities have their own very unique textile traditions. Indian textiles represents colour, vibrancy and eye for detail.”
He said the textile sector offers immense economic opportunities. “Domestically, the textiles sector is among the highest job providers in India. Internationally, textile industry helped us to build trade and cultural relations with the world.”
The programme was organized to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
The Prime Minister said the textiles sector is a key sector that will help in building an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India. He said the government is particularly focussing on skills upgradation, financial assistance and integrating the sector with latest technology. “To assist our weavers in continuing to make world class products, we want to learn global best practices and also our best practices. The exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices in this webinar will create new avenues for collaboration,” he hoped.
The Prime Minister said world over, the textile sector employs many women. Thus, a vibrant textile sector will add strength to efforts of women empowerment. “We need to prepare for our future in challenging times. Our textile traditions showcase powerful ideas and principles like diversity and adaptability, self-reliance, skill and innovation. These principles have become even more relevant now.”
He wished that the webinar will contribute to further reinforcing these ideas and will contribute to a more vibrant textile sector.