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Handicraft Development


On September 26, 2014 at Varanasi, Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Kumar Gangwar launched number of programmes for development of Handicrafts

  • Skill Development of 5000 carpet weavers

  • 5 Months Integrated Design Development for wooden toys

  • Design Development workshop on soft stone and

  • Souvenir Development project

These programmes will be carried out in various craft concentration areas of Varanasi.

The function was attended by approx. 400 artisans, weavers, manufacturers , exporters and representatives from Handicrafts sector.

The Minister released book on new Designs of Mural Paintings and Wooden Toys prepared by NCDPD, New Delhi.

On the occasion improved potters wheel and improved tools to 50 terracotta artisans and 50 artisans of wooden toys respectively were distributed.

  • The improved tools will assist artisans to improve upon the quality of the products , reduce rejections and enhance the productivity.

The artisans will be able to compete in the market in terms of price and quality and execute orders in time.

Marketing and design inputs are biggest challenge to the unorganized handicrafts sector and to overcome this initiatives are being taken to support artisans interms of latest Design inputs, technological innovations and marketing support.

Over 20 artisans of wooden toys, stone carving, meenakari and Zari have been empanelled by HHEC and CCIC for marketing their products in domestic and international market.

The artisans pension has been increased from Rs 1000/- to Rs 2000/- per month.

Artisans who have received Shilp Guru, National Awards and National Merit Certificate will get Rs 20000/- towards Rail Fair annually.



  • Handicrafts plays a very vital role in the economic development of the country .

  • After Agriculture, Handicrafts is the second largest employment supporting sector especially in rural and semi-urban areas.

  • Handicrafts not only preserves the rich tradition and culture of the country but also is a major source of foreign earnings.

  • Varanasi is a world famous tourist destination .

  • Various handicrafts of Varanasi such as wooden toys, Zari-zardozi , meenakari have their own importance .

  • Linkage of tourism with crafts of Varanasi will provide new dimension to both the sectors in terms of employment generation, business opportunities and exports.



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