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Shri Vaghela inaugurates National Handicraft Design Gallery
Jul '08
Shri Shankersinh Vaghela
Shri Shankersinh Vaghela
The Government has given special emphasis on creating and strengthening infrastructure for the handicraft sector in the 11th Five Year Plan Schemes and has taken a number of initiatives recently for the artisans.

Inaugurating the National Handicraft Design Gallery and releasing the Book “Handmade In India– An Encyclopedia of Handicrafts, the Union Minister of Textiles, Shri Shankersinh Vaghela said that our artisans can now have access to newer technologies and processes, markets, IT Tools and Institutions in order to improve their productivity as well as lead a better quality of life.

Shri Vaghela said that in addition to infrastructure development, the welfare of artisan is the major area of focus in the schemes for the handicrafts sector.

He said that Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana has been introduced during the 11th Plan under which about 9.00 lakh artisans have been covered. We hope to cover about 40.00 lakh artisans by the end of the 11th Plan, he added.

The Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, set up in 2005, was the first step in creating infrastructure for the handicrafts sector. The National Handicrafts Design Gallery is part of the Bhawan.

About 5000 Sq. foot area is especially dedicated to showcasing the Master Creations of National Award Winning Artisans and Shilp Gurus, representing almost every craft practiced in different parts of the country.

The book, “Crafts of India - Handmade in India”, a colourful compilation, is a documentation of a diverse range of crafts of the country.

It depicts the nuances of the craft making, the procedures, the materials and gives a deep insight into the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the country.

The publication has a value for art lovers and historians on one hand and to academicians, researchers and buyers of craft on the other hand.

A useful resource created by the initiatives of the Ministry of Textiles and documented by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

The volume with stunning photographs will be a tremendous resource for product and textile designers, artists, architects, interior designers, collectors, development professionals, academicians, researchers and buyers of craft and connoisseurs alike.

Press Information Bureau Government of India

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