Advisory & Mentorship


If you are involved in the handloom business or considering starting one, and you seek expert advice, we offer personalized advisory sessions with Debal Banerjee, an esteemed industry expert.

These advisory sessions are conducted online and last for a duration of three hours. During the session, Debal Banerjee will address your concerns and provide valuable guidance based on his extensive experience.

By participating in this program, you will not only benefit from the expert’s insights but also contribute to our fundraising efforts for our initiatives called ‘Go to School’ and ‘Pathshala’. The session fee directly supports both these programs, which hold immense significance.Here’s a brief overview of Debal Banerjee’s profile:

  • Over 18 years of domain experience in the handloom industry.
  • Served as an advisor to more than 15 global brands as a sustainable textile expert.
  • Recognized and awarded by the ‘World Economic Forum’ for his significant contributions to the Indian Handloom sector.
  • Mentored over 80 successful handloom start-ups.
  • Authored books focusing on the technical aspects of Indian Handloom, making him the sole author in this field.
  • Provided product development consultation to numerous Indian and global companies.
  • Actively involved as a craft revivalist, working with handloom craft clusters from 19 different states across India.

By availing this opportunity to seek expert advice, you can leverage Debal Banerjee’s expertise to overcome challenges and propel your handloom business forward.

If you need a detailed intervention the you may consider our mentorship program. Details are given below.


In the vast landscape of business education, including the multitude of MBA programs, it is important to acknowledge that even the knowledge gained from the best business schools may not adequately prepare individuals for starting a business in the Indian handloom sector and tapping into the growing global market of sustainable fashion and textiles. This is primarily due to the fact that traditional business and fashion school curricula often overlook the intricacies of the unorganized sectors, such as handloom and handicrafts.

At the Handloom Foundation, our commitment lies in striving for the advancement of the handloom industry. Through our program, we aim to provide guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs, enabling them to establish smart, well-informed, and profitable handloom startups. Since its inception in 2017, our program has successfully mentored over 70 startups, many of which have achieved a business valuation of over $1 million.

It is important to note that we charge fees for this program. The purpose of this fee structure is to generate funds to support our initiatives, namely the ‘Go to School’ and ‘Pathshala’ programs. By participating in this program, not only will you gain valuable knowledge and guidance, but you will also contribute to the critical causes we champion. We hope you understand the significance of this endeavor.

The program spans a duration of six months, and to learn more about the program details, please click the button below. If you find the program aligns with your interests and goals, we invite you to fill out the joining form and embark on this transformative journey with us.