Census is an important activity from the view point of resource planning, resource allocation and its actual dissemination to the masses. As Handloom sector has the potential to generate sustainable livelihood for a large population, it needs reliable
data to assess the requirements of our weavers and to understand the impact of policies on the sector.

Ministry of Textiles has launched several key initiatives for the welfare of the weaver
community under several flagship schemes like MUDRA loans, Cluster approach,
Hathkharga Samvardhan Sahayata and Capacity Building under SAMARTH.

Highlights

Size of the Sector- According to the Fourth All India Handloom Census, the total number of households in India engaged in handloom activities is 31.45 lakhs. This is an increase over the Third census where the count was 27.83 lakhs.

Looms- In rural India 41.7% of the looms are pit looms, 31.8% are frame looms, 15.3 % are loin looms while 11.2% are of all other types taken together. In urban areas, 53.1% are pit looms and 30.2% are frame looms.

Empowering women through financial independence and improved self-worth both
within and outside of their homes.

Ministry of Textiles is working for the sustainable development of the handloom sector by implementing new weaving techniques, adaption of new technology, development of new designs and colours, learning about new types of eco friendly dyes and dyeing practices, exposure to basic accounting and management practices, familiarisation with e-commerce, etc.

To empower weavers and to enable the youth from weaver families towards career
progression.

The intention is to have all individual weaver related information at one place which is
dynamic, updatable, modifiable, and current.