88-yr old Haji Jaleel Ahmed Ansari, a carpet manufacturer and exporter in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh. Ansari's efforts have helped the state government to a large extent in shaping the carpet expo mart in Bhadohi.

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Union Minister for Textile Smriti Irani releases a brouchure during the inauguration of Samarth scheme for capacity building in textile sector, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani during her visit to the 7th India International Silk Fair at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.


A worker soaks clothes in a bucket for dyeing, at Sujangarh in Churu. Members of Chhipa Muslim community from Sujangarh in Churu, Rajasthan have been involved in tie & dye art of textile for centuries.

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, reacts as she tries her hand at a traditional weaving loom at Moya, a manufacturing center of textile and traditional crafts, with Moya founder Sara Abera, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Models display creations by different designers during a show organized by India's textile ministry to showcase country's rich handloom and textile tradition at Elephanta Caves in Mumbai.

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Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani along with former Indian crickter Sachin Tendulkar at an event to showcase the development of the Craft and handloom sector during a fashion show in the backdrop of the iconic Elephanta Caves off the coast of Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils a plaque to inaugurate an integrated textile office complex, in Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are also seen.

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani speaks during a meeting to mark the 43rd anniversary of 1975 Emergency, in Bhubaneswar.

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani visits Weavers’ Service Centre at Saheed Nagar, in Bhubaneswar.

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Union Minister for Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani in a meeting with the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to India, Farhod Arziev to discuss possibilities of collaboration in Textiles sector between India and Uzbekistan, in New Delhi.

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Union Textile Minister Smriti Zubin Irani(C), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar(L) Union Statistics and Programme Implementation Minister Sadananda Gowda during the inauguration of the Buyer Seller Meet cum Facilitation Camp organised by Ministry of Textiles in Bengaluru.

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Closed shops in Surat’s textile market earlier this year

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The handloom sector was in bad shape when DeMo gave it fresh blow

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Bollywood actor Vidya Balan at the inauguration of the Cotton and Silk Park exhibition-cum-sale organised by Silk Mark India, in Chennai.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani during a meeting to discuss on various schemes for Artisan and Weavers at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Fire fighter dousing a massive fire that broke out at a textiles shops in Thiyagaraya Nagar, in Chennai.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and MoS Ajay Tamta releasing a booklet during a press conference on key initiatives taken by the ministry in the last three years, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani with Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav at Parliament House during the budget Session, in New Delhi.

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani performs Ganga Arti at Har ki Paidi in Haridwar.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Irani with MoS Ajay Tamta visiting a Digidhan Mela in Haridwar.

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Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani addresses a session for women, in Varanasi.

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani at the inauguration of the 58th India International Garment Fair at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi.

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An idle loom in Etawah’s Jagannathpura, home to 15,000 weavers, who produce gamchhas

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Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani at the announcement of partnership between 'Peter England' and 'India Handloom Brand', in New Delhi.

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Peer Mohammad stands behind his obsolete handloom

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Master weaver Mohsin Ansari works on his handloom

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Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani talks with Textile Secretary Rashmi Verma (L) during inauguration of Jute Sector Shakehoders' meeting, in Kolkata.

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Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani enjoying lassi during 2nd National Handloom Day function in Varanasi.

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Make in India Textile workers at Vapi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugrates a trade facilitation centre for weavers in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Kumar Gangwar at a trade facilitation centre for weavers in Varanasi.

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Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje having a look of a garment during the inauguration ceremony of 3rd International Apparel and Textile Fair 'Vastra-2014' at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre, in Jaipur.

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Minister of State Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar tries a jacket presented at the “Silk Fab” – Exhibition-cum-sale of exquisite silk handloom fabrics, in New Delhi.

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Minister of State for Textiles, Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Santosh Kumar Gangwar visiting after inaugurating the Handloom Marketing Complex, in New Delhi.


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visits a stall at the Handloom Expo - 2013 in Srinagar.

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K S Rao takes charge as the Minister of State for Textiles in New Delhi.

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Tied down A garment factory in Delhi

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Textile traders take out a scooter rally from Old City to Indira Park against the government demanding abolition of VAT on textile in Hyderabad.

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Broken thread A typical shed housing a powerloom unit in Malegaon

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President Pranab Mukherjee presenting a National Award for excellence in cane & bamboo to Nisato (Nagaland) during a function for presentation of National Awards, Shilp Guru Awards & Sant Kabir Awards for 2009 & 2010 in New Delhi. Union Minister for Textiles Anand Sharma looks on.

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Art of life A weaving shed in Pochampally

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A worker spins thread used in making carpets at a factory on the outskirts of Jammu. Carpet weaving is believed to have been brought to India by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. A recent economic survey says the country is losing steam in its traditional area of labour-intensive exports like textiles and carpets.

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NN Rana Patgiri, the OSD of the Department of Handloom and Textile, being produced before the NIA Court in Guwahati. NN Patgiri was arrested by Anti Corruption and Vigilance wing of Assam police in connection with multi-crore embezzlement case.

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Imran Sheikh, 32, CEO, Kashmir Sunsilk Industries

Mill workers participate in a huge rally from Byculla to Azaad Maidan to press for their housing demands in Mumbai.

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Workers play cricket as textile merchants stage a strike demanding withdrawal of VAT on cloth in Hyderabad.

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A hand woven picture of Mahatma Gandhi is displayed at a board at a pavilion at Handloom Clusters Expo, organized by the Union Textiles Ministry, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

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Dayanidhi Maran assumes charge as Minister of Textiles at his office in New Delhi.

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