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Handicrafts Industry

Indian Handicrafts Industry

The handicrafts sector is important for the Indian economy as it is one of the largest employment generators and accounts for a significant share in the country’s exports. The state and regional clusters contribute significantly to handicrafts export. The Indian handicrafts industry is fragmented, with more than seven million regional artisans and more than 67,000 exporters/export houses promoting regional art and craftsmanship in the domestic and global markets.

Export Highlights

  • Handicraft exports from India increased by 6.44 per cent year-on-year during 2018-19 with US$ 3.80 billion. During April-November 2019, export stood at US$ 2.45 billion. During this period, the exports of various segments like woodwares at US$ 518.19 million, embroidered & crochetted goods at US$ 389.69 million, misc. handicrafts at US$ 700 million, handprinted textiles & scarves at US$ 234.84 million, imitation jewellery at US$ 155.61 million and artmetal wares at US$ 345.9 million.
  • Indian handicrafts are exported across geographies, with the top 10 destinations being the US, the UK, the UAE, Germany, France, Latin American countries (LAC), Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is the apex government body and operates under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. EPCH has the distinction of being considered a ‘model council’, a self-sustaining body that self-finances all its promotional activities.


Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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