All India handicrafts week is celebrated every year all over the India by the people from 8th – 14th December. It is celebrated in every state of the country with great enthusiasm for increasing the awareness, support and importance in the society among people for the handicrafts.

India is one of the important suppliers of handicrafts to the world market.  Although exports of Handicrafts appear to be sizable, India’s share in world imports is very small.

The whole week celebration is a special time of the year for all the artisans all across the country as they get a big chance to get focused and exposed for their great work all over the world. The organized exhibition during his week provides a big hope and opportunity to the millions of dedicated handicrafts artisans all around the India. It is a great event which helps in keeping alive the tradition and culture of handicrafts for the ages. The whole week celebration includes five major components such as the buyer-seller meeting, handicrafts exhibition, artistic performances by the Indian artists, live display by the national award winning crafts-persons and exhibition of Indian food.

Ways to Celebrate "The Handicrafts Week" :  All India handicrafts week is celebrated by the offices of handicrafts development commissioner, as well as the ministry of textiles for the whole week in order to increase the awareness and distribute the main information of the handicrafts week schemes among the artisans. In this event celebration, around 50 crafts persons, NGOs, variety of experts in a range of crafts are invited in order to increase the interaction between them and various government agencies. The whole week celebrations are held to analyze all the faults and limitations come on the way of developing handicrafts as well as to discover the remedial measures. Experts are invited to assist the crafts making participants by discussing their experiences, ideas and solving problems.

Significance of the Week: In order to promote and increase the awareness among people about the handicrafts, variety of craft maps, catalogues, leaflets and etc are published by the organizations to be distributed in the general public. During the celebration the Chikankari, Folk Painting, Phad painting, hand block printing, Bandhej Tie Dye, Durry Weaving, Kani Shawl Weaving, Lac bangles, Kantha, Mirror Work, Applique and Crochet, Crewel Embroidery, Phulkari and Kalamkari Painting, Zardozi and etc handicrafts works are displayed to the people. It is celebrated for the development and welfare of the handicrafts artisans from various states of all over the India.

Handicraft Industry of India:
Handicraft is a sector that is still explored from the point of view of hidden potential areas. Going back into the reason for small share of Indian handicrafts in the world market, the main parameter which comes out is ‘SEARCH & EXPLORATION OF HIDDEN CRAFTS OF INDIA’ the field which has not been ever touched by Indian Handicraft Industry.The Small Scale and Cottage Sector helps to solve social and economic problems of the artisans, by providing employment to over 7 millions artisans (including those in the Carpets trades) which include a large number of women and people belonging to weaker sections of the society. 

Governmental Body: The office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) is the nodal agency in the Government of India for craft and artisan-based activities. It assists in the development, marketing and export of handicrafts, and the promotion of craft forms and skills. The assistance is in the form of technical and financial support, including in the form of schematic interventions implemented through its field offices. As the nodal agency, the Development Commissioner spearheads the country's efforts to promote the handicrafts sector. The office supports the artisans and the sector through different developmental schemes through its six regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Guwahati and New Delhi and its 62 field units. The schemes implemented by Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) are composite in nature and not specific to area, caste or gender. The artisans belonging to all communities including women artisans draw benefits from the schemes. Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), is implementing following generic schemes: National Handicrafts Development Programme

The Handicrafts Sector plays a significant & important role in the country’s economy.  It provides employment to a vast segment of crafts person in rural & semi urban areas and generates substantial foreign exchange for the country, while preserving its cultural heritage.  Handicrafts have great potential, as they hold the key for sustaining not only the existing set of millions of artisans spread over length and breadth of the country, but also for the increasingly large number of new entrants in the crafts activity.  Presently, handicrafts contribute substantially to employment generation and exports.

 

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