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  • Handicraft, also known as craftwork or simply craft, is a type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by hand or using only simple tools. Usually the term is applied to traditional means of making goods. The individual artisanship of the items is a paramount criterion, such items often have cultural and/or religious significance. Items made by mass production or machines are not handicrafts.
  • Handicrafts are generally considered more traditional work, created as a necessary part of daily life, while arts and crafts implies more of a hobby pursuit and a demonstration/perfection of a creative technique. In practical terms, the categories have a great deal of overlap.
  • Handicraft sector has three categories of players, viz, (a) Trader Entrepreneur, (b) Artisan Entrepreneur and (c) Artisan Worker. The players in the handicraft sector have distinct roles in the craft. Only the first two category players viz, trader entrepreneur and artisan entrepreneur could be considered as entrepreneurs bearing risk. 

Finance And Investment

  • Uttaranchal’s potential for traditional Handicraft items, will be tapped by aggressive support in the area of Marketing, Design upgradation and provision of adequate backward and forward linkages. Under Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hast Shilp Vikas Yojna and other centrally sponsored schemes, a package of support to artisans and handicraft artisans will be provided which include basic inputs and infrastructure support like diagnostic survey and project plan, mobilization of artisans, training, design development, new techniques, packing, common facility centre, marketing events, exhibitions, emporiums and publicity.

  • The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) : was setup by an act of 1981. The objective of the Bank was to provide credit for promotion of Agriculture, small-scale Industry, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts and other allied economic activities in rural area with a view to promote integrated rural development and to secure prosperity of rural area and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.


  • India has a vast production base for handicrafts (including carpets), handlooms, jute and jute products etc. The handicrafts, handloom and jute sectors have contributed substantially to the foreign exchange earnings. The growth of these sectors for the last five years is significant. The Indian cottage sector has seen rapid growth in the past and is currently a Rs. 60,000 crores plus industry.

  • In the span of five years since 2000-2001 export of handicrafts grew from the level of Rs.8490.16 crores to Rs.13032.70 crores in the year 2004 - 2005. The analysis of country-wise share of handicrafts exports reveals that Indian handicrafts are excessively concentrated in 3 markets: U.S.A., U.K. and Germany.

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