India is one of the important suppliers of handicrafts to the world market. It provides employment to over six million artisans, which include a large number of women and people belonging to the weaker sections of the society.
The economic importance of the handicraft sector lies in their high employment potential, low capital investment, high value addition &Â high demand in domestic & overseas markets.
Handicraft Industry of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is indisputably recognized worldwide for its manufactured handicrafts, including wooden, metal-based, stone, ceramics & textile products, and decorative objects.
Currently Rajasthan stands second in India’s handicraft exports, next to Uttar Pradesh. Handicraft exports from the State during 2007-08 stand at nearly Rs 2500 crore,Â accounting for 25% of India’s export.
Jaipur – Largest Handicraft Export Center
Every District & every village of Rajasthan has a rich cultural & historical background & at least one unique craft to boast of.Â Jaipur is one of the most important areas not just in Rajasthan, but also in the country for the production & subsequent export of handicrafts.Â Currently, there are more than 2000 units in the handicraft export business, employing more than 5 lakh people.
Federation of Rajasthan Handicraft Exporters
In Rajasthan, The Federation of Rajasthan Handicraft Exporters is also formed to interface between the Handicraft Exporter, Government and other related institutions in order, that the industry may grow and progress in totality.