Handicrafts Industry of India

Handicrafts Sector plays a significant & important role in the country’s economy. It provides employment to a vast segment of craftpersons in rural & semi urban areas and generates substantial foreign exchange for the country, while preserving its cultural heritage.

State Subject:

Handicrafts activity being a State subject, its development and promotion are the primary responsibility of every State Government. However, the Central Government is supplementing their efforts by implementing various developmental schemes.

Handicrafts under GI Tag:

Following is the updated list of Textile Handicrafts under the GI Tag in India. Author recommends to surf the web and find out more about the items.

Item

State

Pochampalli Ikat

Andhra Pradesh

Uppada Jamdani Sarees

Andhra Pradesh

Muga Silk

Assam

Sujini Embroidery Work of Bihar

Bihar

Champa Silk Saree and Fabrics

Chhattisgarh

Kutch Embroidery

Gujarat

Tangaliya Shawl

Gujarat

Kullu Shawl

Himachal Pradesh

Chamba Rumal

Himachal Pradesh

Kinnauri Shawl

Himachal Pradesh

Kani Shawl

Jammu & Kashmir

Mysore Silk

Karnataka

Kasuti Embroidery

Karnataka

Ilkal Sarees

Karnataka

Navalgund Durries

Karnataka

Molakalmuru Sarees

Karnataka

Sandur Lambani Embroidery

Karnataka

Aranmula Kannadi

Kerala

Balaramapuram Sarees and Fine Cotton Fabrics

Kerala

Kasaragod Sarees

Kerala

Kuthampully Sarees

Kerala

Chanderi Fabric

Madhya Pradesh

Solapur Chaddar

Maharashtra

Solapur Terry Towel

Maharashtra

Paithani Sarees and Fabrics

Maharashtra

Kotpad Handloom fabric

Orissa

Orissa Ikat

Orissa

Kota Doria

Rajasthan

Kota Doria (Logo)

Rajasthan

Salem Fabric

Tamil Nadu

Kancheepuram Silk

Tamil Nadu

Salem Silk known as Salem Venpattu

Tamil Nadu

Kovai Cora Cotton

Tamil Nadu

Arani Silk

Tamil Nadu

Banaras Brocades and Sarees

Uttar Pradesh

Hand made Carpet of Bhadohi

Uttar Pradesh

Santipore Saree

West Bengal

 

Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology (IIHTS)

In India , there are 5 Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology (IIHTs) which provide qualified and trained manpower to the Handloom Sector and undertake experimental and research programmes on all aspects of the handloom industry. These are

  1. IIHT Varanasi,
  2. IIHT Salem,
  3. IIHT Guwahati,
  4. IIHT Jodhpur
  5. IIHT Bargarh, Orissa.

Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCS)

At present, 25 Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCs) are located across the country.

Crafts Museum

The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum popularly known as Crafts Museum is located at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The Museum has a collection of over 32,000 artifacts consisting of Metal Icon, Lamps, Incense Burners, Ritual accessories, items of everyday life, Wood carvings, Painted wood and Paper Mache, Dolls, Toys, Puppets, Masks, Folk and tribal paintings and sculptures, Terracotta, Folk & Tribal jewellery and an entire section of traditional Indian textiles.

Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC)

The Handloom Export Promotion Council (HEPC) was set up in the year 1965 with prime objective of promoting exports of Hand-woven products of cotton as well as silk and readymade garments.

Handloom Export Zone (HEZ)

In order to create a supply hub for the manufacture of identified export products, HEPC has conceived a novel project of its kind with a market linkage known as “Handloom Export Zone”. Handloom Export Zone (HEZ) is currently under implementation at various handloom clusters at Nagercoil, Kancheepuram district, Thiruvannamalai, Virudhunagar and Thiruvalluvar district in Tamilnadu only.

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