Handicrafts Sector



Handicraft textile industry:

Indian Handicraft Industry plays vital role in economic development of the country. Industry has cultural value and represents the richness of Indian Culture, Tradition, and Heritage. It preserves heritage, traditional skills, and talent. The Indian handicrafts industry is highly labor intensive, cottage based and decentralized industry.

The industry is spread all over the country mainly in rural and urban areas. Most of the manufacturing units are located in rural and small towns, and there is huge potential market in all kind of Indian cities and abroad.
The Handicraft industry is a major source of income for rural communities and provides ample employment opportunities to over 63.81 lakh artisans, which include a large number of women and people belonging to the weaker sections of the society.

Though Indian Handicraft industry is considered a cottage industry, but it has evolved as one of the major revenue generator over the years. There has been consistent growth of 20% over few years and the industry has evolved as one of the major contributor for export and foreign revenue generation.


The exports of Handicraft Goods during 2005-06 were Rs. 15,616 crores and upto the January 2007 it was Rs. 16,117.38 crores. For the growth and development of the sector Indian Govt. has launched following schemes:

  • Baba Sahab Ambedkar Hastshilp Yojna
  • Design and Technical Upgradation Scheme
  • Marketing & Support Services Scheme
  • Export Promotion Scheme
  • Bima Yojna for Handicraft Artisans
  • Credit Guarantee Scheme
  • Gandhi Shilp Bazaar Scheme

There is huge demand of Indian Handicrafts Products in domestic & international market. It is estimated that Handicraft Industry in India would grow with rapid rate in future and contributes its share towards economic development