The Varanasi Weavers Hub commenced in May 2015 with the vision of rejuvenating Varanasi authentic weaves through design, marketing, and enterprise development support to the weavers. This society was registered into the Varanasi Weavers and Artisans Society (VWAS) under the Societies registration Act in the state of Uttar Pradesh on 31st Dec 2015. It is a membership based organization of Varanasi handloom weavers and artisans. The Society was established with the objective of preserving, continuing and promoting the authenticity of Varanasi handloom weaves and crafts through direct promotion, growth and socio economic empowerment of the weavers and artisans themselves.
This Society was developed as part of a larger project intervention during 2014 -2015 in Varanasi designed and implemented by Traidcraft Exchange (UK) and All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association (AIACA) based out of New Delhi supported by DFID- PACS.
The society works in close coordination with relevant government departments like DC (Handlooms), Weavers Service Centre (WSC), Textile Committee, National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) to effectively process social schemes and benefits of the government for improved livelihood of these weavers and artisans. The Varanasi Weavers and Artisans Society has been included in the Advisory Committee of Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT, Varanasi) under DC (Handlooms). The IIHT offers diploma courses in handloom technology.