Government of India will promote handloom products from Odisha globally, Textiles Secretary Ravi Capoor said at on the 5th National Handloom Day on August 7 in State capital Bhubaneswar. The Ministry will not only preserve the state’s handloom heritage, but will also explore ways to make it a fashion statement globally, he said.

Efforts are being made to reduce middlemen in the handloom products trade so that weavers get a handsome price, he said. The Fourth All India Handloom Census Report was also released on the occasion, according to a report from the State. Identity cards were presented to five weavers to mark the launch of distribution of Pehchan card on pan-India basis, while yarn passbooks were presented to five persons to mark its launch.