Illiteracy and lack of proper training of the artisans in the saree industry in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, is stopping it from entering the global market.
Mumbai-based Matsya is a social-entrepreneurship, committed to the preservation and proliferation of the arts and crafts of India. Started by crafts veteran Neha Gandhi in 2009, Matsya is now a name to reckon with.
With the internet expanding exponentially, can Kolkata's traditional idol makers stay behind?
The famous Surajkund Crafts Mela, held every year in Faridabad, Haryana, has been upgraded to an international event with effect from 2013. The fair, which had a humble beginning in the year 1981, has now become quite a popular event, and it is now all set to go global as the Surajkund International Crafts Mela.
Minister of State for Textiles Panabaaka Lakshmi stated that there are over 68 lakh handicraft artisans working in India presently. This announcement was made by Lakshmi recently in the Lok Sabha.
Aporv is an online handicrafts store of a different kind – what separates it from other similar ventures is its uniqueness. Aporv, pronounced a-poor-v, partners with local artisans in co-ordination with NGOs, designers and self-help groups to get their products online. Each of the products sold on Aporv is handcrafted, and some are designed by their designers, ensuring that they are one of a kind.