New Delhi: The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has collaborated with the Development Commissioner (DC) Handlooms to reinvent indigenous crafts executed by handloom weavers through effective skill development. The Ministry of Textiles, headed by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, announced a revival strategy for the handloom industry on National Handloom Day, observed on August 7. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate designer intervention at selected Weavers Service Centers across India was also signed between Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner Handlooms, and FDCI President Sunil Sethi, read a statement. FDCI designers Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anju Modi, Rakesh Thakore, Rina Dhaka, Rahul Mishra, Abhishek Gupta, Samant Chauhan and Shruti Sancheti were present for the function in Varanasi. They were allocated their Weaver Service Centers/handloom clusters in selected parts of the country. Designers will impart professional training in design development at various Weaver Service Centers across the country. The strategy has been devised with the long-term goal of making the handloom weaver an entrepreneur, through knowledge sharing and resource optimisation.