Jk Government Notifies 21 More Crafts from Kashmir as ‘Notified Handicrafts’
Srinagar, July 07 (KNO): The Jammu and Kashmir government has officially recognized and notified 21 additional crafts from Kashmir as “Notified Handicrafts,” acknowledging the skilled artisans associated with these crafts.
The notification of these crafts fulfills a long-standing demand of the artisans and provides them with a sense of pride and identity. It also enables the registration of artisans in the previously unrecognized crafts, ensuring the preservation and protection of these traditional skills for future generations. By documenting their knowledge and expertise, the techniques and craftsmanship can be safeguarded.
Furthermore, the artisans will now have access to various government support programs, allowing them to benefit from schemes such as the Artisan/Weavers Credit Scheme, Karkhandar Scheme, Assistance under the Cooperative Act, MUDRA Scheme, and educational benefits for their families.
Bringing the artisans on par with registered artisans opens up opportunities for them to showcase and market their products to a wider audience through participation in exhibitions, trade fairs, and cultural events organized by the department.
The notification of these crafts coincides with the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir’s efforts to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) for all indigenous crafts of Kashmir.
The newly notified crafts include Sozni Embroidery, Staple Embroidery, Khatamband, Paper Pulp, Kharadi, Glazed Pottery, Katas, Copperware Engraving, Copperware Sakhta, Pottery, Calligraphy, Painting, Handicrafts Furniture, Handmade Aromatics, Handmade Soap, Filigree, Mosaic Craft, Wagguv, Shikara, Willow Bat, and Innovative Crafts. Additionally, 10 crafts from Jammu have also been declared as “Notified Crafts.”
The Director of Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir expressed satisfaction with the inclusion of these crafts as Notified Crafts under the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Quality Control Act 1978. This development addresses the demands of a wide range of artisans associated with these crafts.
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“We are taking several initiatives to support artisans in Kashmir. Proactive marketing, curbing fake handicraft products, providing special incentives to artisans, and implementing the GI-system for Handicrafts are some of the ongoing major initiatives,” he said. (Source: KNO)