Indian Handicrafts Industry & Exports

Last Updated: August, 2015

Introduction

The handicrafts sector is important for the Indian economy as it is one of the largest employment generators and accounts for a significant share in the country’s exports. The states and regional clusters that contribute significantly to handicrafts export. The Indian handicrafts industry is fragmented, with more than 7 million regional artisans and more than 67,000 exporters/export houses promoting regional art and craftsmanship in the domestic and global markets.

KEY MARKETS AND EXPORT DESTINATIONS

  • In 2014–15, Indian handicrafts exports stood at US$ 4.5 billion, up approximately 15.4 per cent over the previous year’s exports. Exports of Indian handicrafts have increased at around 16.4 per cent since 2008–09.
  • Indian handicrafts are exported across geographies, with the top 10 destinations being the US, the UK, the UAE, Germany, France, Latin American countries (LAC), Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.
  • The US alone accounted for approximately 26.1 per cent of India’s total handicraft exports in 2014–15. It was followed by the EU, which accounted for approximately 24.7 per cent.
  • The UAE was the third-largest importer of Indian handicrafts, with imports worth US$ 410 million in 2014–15.

EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS

The EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL FOR HANDICRAFTS (EPCH) is the apex government body and operates under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. EPCH has the distinction of being considered a ‘model council’, a self-sustaining body that self-finances all its promotional activities.

The total export of handicrafts is expected to nearly double to US$ 2.7 billion in FY 2015-16 and further increase to US$ 3.8 billion by FY 2020-21.

Source:
ASSOCHAM

HANDICRAFTS E-BROCHURE

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Handicrafts

"EPCH House", Pocket - 6&7
Sector - 'C', L.S.C,
Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110 070
India

Tel.:+91-11-26135256
Fax: +91-11-26135518/ 19
Email: mails@epch.com
Website: www.epch.in

The total export of handicrafts is expected to nearly double to US$ 2.7 billion in FY 2015-16 and further increase to US$ 3.8 billion by FY 2020-21.

Source:
ASSOCHAM

Exports

Indian Handicrafts Industry & Exports

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