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In 1994, when Sushmita Sen stood on the Miss Universe stage going through the final rounds, an impressionable 16-year-old Preeta Sukhtankar hung on to each word as she answered the final clincher at the pageant: What, for you, is the essence of being a woman? “The very fact that one is a woman is the […]
11 Dec 2015
After the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, the Planning Commission proposed the ‘Handmade in India’ campaign, a comprehensive handloom policy that will leverage synergy between handlooms, handicrafts and khadi and village Industries, creating a single brand to sell such goods to niche markets through e-commerce. The demand for handmade products is returning. They have caught the fancy of […]
07 Jul 2015
YourStory Edustars company Foradian Technologies has raised $2 million in funding from William Bissell, the MD of Fabindia, an ethnic retail chain. Foradian intends to use the funds to add more features to Fedena, its flagship product. Foradian is also looking to take the product to new markets across the globe. Foradian Technologies was founded in 2009 by […]
30 Apr 2014
The Indian government, the private sector and non profits are each involved in the Indian artifacts sector but their roles have evolved in silos, with little specialization and much duplication. Since independence, the Indian government has created a number of institutions, schemes and welfare programs for the crafts sector. However, on a policy level there has been no concerted and cohesive effort to address the challenges faced by the crafts ecosystem.
20 Jun 2013
The handicraft and handloom sectors are an Rs 24,300 crore (USD 4.48 bn) industry contributing Rs 10,000 crore(USD 1.85 bn) to India’s export earnings of Rs 1.62 lakh crore (USD 300 bn), as per the 12th five-year plan working document. The global market for handicrafts is USD 400 billion, of which India’s share is below 2%, […]
19 Jun 2013