New Delhi, Feb 4 (ANI): Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Friday said that the handicrafts exports have recorded a growth of 18 percent and reached Rs.8614 crore till January 2011.
Inaugurating International Jewellery Summit "Abhushan - Design Dialogues in Jewellery" organized by World Craft Council here, Maran said: "The export of Indian handicrafts was Rs.11, 224 crore in last fiscal year 2009-10. This year till January, 2011 export has been Rs. 8,614 crore recording a growth of 18 per cent in comparison to the same period in the fiscal year 2009-10".
He said that handicraft industry is a shining example based on the use of local resources and local initiatives.
"It is estimated that there are around 65 lakh artisans engaged in this sector for their livelihood," Maran added.
With a view to enhance the lives of handicraft artisans, Maran said that Textiles Ministry provides them marketing support.
He hoped, that the International Jewellery Summit would provide a platform for collaboration of artisans and designers from all over the world and synergise their ideas to produce new attractive and outstanding business as well as innovative marketing strategies.
While addressing on the occasion, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit lauded the role of World Craft Council in organizing such summit.
She said that the summit will provide opportunities for growth as well as economic independent and emancipation of crafts persons. (ANI)