Schemes of Handicrafts Department

Training Programme - In order to broaden the artisan base and to maintain rather augment the human resource required in the industry, department is running 553 training centres of elementary/ advance nature having about 13,000 intake capacity. Approximately, 7500 to 8500 trainees are imparting training annually through these training centres. The duration of advanced training course is of 2 years while as the duration in respect of elementary training course is one year ... more

Massive Carpet Scheme - Massive Carpet Scheme was introduced in the J&K State in the year 1976 with the aim and object to extend the training programme to both rural and urban areas in order to facilitate the job employment. The scheme was sponsored and funded partly by the State and Central Government. In Kashmir valley J&K Handicraft (S&E) Corporation was entrusted the job of the establishing the centres in the District such as Srinagar and Budgam ... more

Marketing support (Publicity & Exhibitions) - Lakhs of artisans are engaged in manufacturing of handicrafts products in the state to earn their livelihood. Being environment friendly these activities are best suited to the state as they are more labour and less capital intensive in nature, therefore having scope for employment generation at a large scale. The famous crafts like Shawls, Crewel, Namdha, Kani Shawls, Costume Jewellery and Carpets are acclaimed worldwide and connoisseurs delight ... more

Organization of Special Campaign - Since the artisans associated with the Handicrafts activities are mostly working in an unorganized sector and have no access to various incentive being available under labour laws in vogue. A considerable section of the population is associated with the Handicrafts activity and after Agriculture and Horticulture, it is the Handicrafts sector which generates substantial employment opportunity to the general public especially to the people of Kashmir valley ... more

State Award to Master Craftsman - The valley of Kashmir is synonymous with whatever is beautiful and charming. The Handicrafts of Kashmir add to this charm exceptionally by providing fine quality Handicrafts items be that shawls, carpet, crewel, chain stitch, wood carving, paper machie or many other items. This craft combination has evolved a cultural heritage which is rich as it is multifaceted. The Kashmir Handicrafts have a unique place in the world and is a good foreign exchange earning vehicle ... more

Self-Employment to Individual Artisans - The Handicrafts sector is the major industrial activity and is presently providing jobs to nearly about 3.50 lacs persons. Majority of these craftsmen, artisans & weavers belong to socio economically backward classes and are below the poverty line. They are unable to carry on their activities for want adequate capital base and are also subject to guile of the middleman who takes every opportunity to exploit them ... more

Modernization of SOD - The concept of design in the contemporary world is changing fast and the School of Designs has ensured that it keeps pace with the latest trends. The concept of design has embarked a holistic approach. Notwithstanding the concept with which the school started in 1950’s in the last few years, the School of Designs has embarked upon the following points to align itself to market demands and to widen its sphere ... more

Replacement/ Renovation of Looms - Carpet manufacturing has remained the main stay of our handicraft activity. Carpets comprise about 36% of our exports and the export figures for the year 2012 have touched all time high of 607.03 crore. A good number of artisans are earning their livelihood by carpet weaving activity. In order to improve the working conditions of carpet weavers and to increase the productivity of carpet manufacturing, the State Government with the assistance of Ministry of Textiles, GOI ... more


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