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How to Source Handicrafts from India 101

Updated: May 5

India is one of the leading suppliers of handicrafts and gifts to the Global market exporting more than US$ 3 Billion worth of merchandise.


The products offered are a blend of traditional skills and designs using modern techniques.


India has an abundance of various natural raw materials. Combined with the unique skills of the workers which has been passed on from one generation to another, the Handicraft product offering is comprehensive and ranges from traditional carvings, embroideries, mirror work to metal ware and woodwork. Hand printed textiles, Hand knotted and embroidered textiles, Leather goods, stoneware, painting

The vast array of products is made from various materials like Bone and Horn, Leather, Fabrics, Wood, Leather, Glass, Metals including Iron, Aluminium, Brass, Steel, Copper, to name a few. The products are made both from a single material as well as a combination of two or more materials.


The range of Handicraft items offered is extensive. To list a few, In metal ware a comprehensive range of decoration and utility items are offered, these include Hurricanes, Candle holder, T-lights, votives, and Pillar plates, Vases, Bowls and Mirrors, Tray, Wall plaques as well as small furniture like Tables and Stools. Mirrors & Clocks

These items are available in different finishes - polished, powder coated or plated,


In wood, carved mirrors, boxes, trays, photo frames, decorative pieces, candle stands, Mirrors, Furniture both modern and colonial; Screens; to name a few,


Items in Glass including vases, candleholders, tealights, votives, decorations, etc.

Stoneware from Marble, Terracotta, Blue pottery

Fashion Accessories including Scarves – printed, woven, and embellished, Jewellery both fashion and imitation

Paper products – handmade, recycled, papier, Mache used for desktop, storage, and gift items.

Embroidered and embellished Quilts & cushions; Gift boxes


Thus, the Handicraft Industry of today has matured from traditional crafts and now offers a vast range of products both for Decoration as well as Utility.


Traditionally considered as a cottage industry, today some of the sectors within the Handicraft Industry like Metal ware, Woodwork and Glass work have become full- fledged industries in their own rights.

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