All India Handicrafts Week
All India handicrafts week is celebrated every year all over India by the people from the 8th of December to the 14th of December. It is celebrated in every state of the country with great enthusiasm for increasing awareness, support, and importance in society among people for handicrafts. In the Imphal, a big Ecocrafts exhibition is organized in the premises of Public Library, B.T. road.
The whole week celebration is a special time of the year for all the artisans all across the country as they get a big chance to get focused and exposed for their great work all over the world. The organized exhibition during his week provides a big hope and opportunity to the millions of dedicated handicraft artisans all around India. It is a great event that helps in keeping alive the tradition and culture of handicrafts for the ages.
The whole week’s celebration includes five major components such as the buyer-seller meeting, handicrafts exhibition, artistic performances by the Indian artists, live display by the national award-winning crafts-persons and exhibition of Indian food.
All India Handicrafts Week 2019
All India Handicrafts Week was observed from Sunday, 8th December to Saturday, 14th December 2019. It was celebrated in all the states of India to spread awareness among the general public about handicrafts and people associated with the industry. Craftsmen from different corners of the country showcased their products in several exhibitions across the country. To celebrate All India Handicrafts Week Amazon Karigar has launched the handicraft bazaar store featuring over fifty thousand handicraft products from over twenty states of India.
During a National Textile Conclave, our Textiles Minister Mrs. Smriti Irani presented a Commemorative Postal Stamp to our Vice president Mr. Venkaiah Naidu at GI crafts fair. This year, the Indian government celebrated Handicraft Week by paying tribute to late Mrs. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay; she was a great freedom fighter.
Around 150 participants including designers, artists, performers, etc participated in Handicrafts Week 2019, scheduled between 4-8 December.
How it is Celebrated
All India handicrafts week is celebrated by the offices of handicrafts development commissioner, as well as the ministry of textiles for the whole week in order to increase the awareness and distribute the main information of the handicrafts week schemes among the artisans. During the whole week’s celebration, the development of the handicraft conducts a state-level as well as local marketing workshop in Bangalore and in Mangalore respectively.
In this event celebration, around 50 craftspersons, NGOs, a variety of experts in a range of crafts are invited in order to increase the interaction between them and various government agencies. The whole week’s celebrations are held to analyze all the faults and limitations that come on the way of developing handicrafts as well as to discover the remedial measures. Experts are invited to assist the crafts making participants by discussing their experiences, ideas and solving problems.
During the “All India Handicrafts Week” event celebration, homage is given by the people to the Late Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. She was a great social reformer, freedom fighter, a follower of Gandhi and famous for her dedicated involvement in the Indian independence movement.
She is also famous for being a driving force behind the revival of the Indian handlooms, handicrafts as well as enhancing the Indian women’s socio-economic standard through the co-operative movement after the independence of the country.
In order to promote and increase awareness among people about the handicrafts, a variety of craft maps, catalogs, leaflets and etc are published by the organizations to be distributed in the general public. During the celebration, the Chikankari, Folk Painting, Phad painting, hand block printing, Bandhej Tie Dye, Durry Weaving, Kani Shawl Weaving, Lac bangles, Kantha, Mirror Work, Applique and Crochet, Crewel Embroidery, Phulkari, and Kalamkari Painting, Zardozi and etc handicrafts works are displayed to the people.
Why Do We Celebrate and Objectives of Celebrating All India Handicrafts Week
- A show on the fashion accessories is organized by the Textiles Ministry and offices of handicrafts Development Commissioner to promote, increase awareness and enhance the band image of the Indian handicrafts.
- A book (Treasure of Handicrafts Clusters from India) is released to indicate how the handicrafts developed through the group development program.
- It is celebrated for the development and welfare of the handicraft artisans from various states of all over India.
- A talent upgrading-cum-design training in the bamboo craft is also organized to enhance the ability of the people.
- An awareness camp (for the Rajiv Gandhi Health Scheme on craft clusters) and design workshops at schools are also held for the children on the Indian Handicrafts to promote and enhance this ability among children.
- A competition is organized for the essay and drawing related to the handicraft topics to display the message on the Indian Handicrafts all over India.
- A free medical camp is also organized for the advantage of the handicraft artisans.
All India Handicrafts Board
All India Handicrafts Board was first set up in the year 1952 as a Government adviser to sort out all the problems related to the handicrafts in India as well as applying the measures in order to improve and develop the handicrafts. It was constituted under the textile ministry chairmanship. The board was also required to get aware of all the aspects of the handicrafts such as marketing, technical, financial and artistic in order to implement plans effectively.
The All India Handicrafts Board offers an idea and support to the state governments in order to plan and execute the handicrafts development schemes. The board consists of the number of organizations of the handicraft and handloom. The board is fully responsible for the exhibition arrangements, handicrafts market development, and export promotion of the handicrafts.