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From the Archives (September 25, 1969): Comprehensive plan for handicrafts


A multi-pronged drive is on to give a face-lift to the world famous handicrafts of Kashmir. The drive envisages a comprehensive programme for training of artisans, evolving modern designs for the handicrafts, finding new talent in the countryside, revival of some vanishing crafts and finding markets in foreign countries. The Jammu and Kashmir Department of Industries has framed various short-term and long-term schemes for the purpose. The activities of the Kashmir Design Centre are also being expanded. In all, it is estimated the project will cost Rs. 12.57 lakhs during the current financial year to train 355 artisans and on other operations. Eight schemes included in the training project are with regard to the renowned Kani shawl, toys and doll making, carpet weaving, the Apprenticeship Training Scheme, the Spinning Centre, expansion of the Tweed Centre, Sopor, training of designers for the carpet industry and the Common Facility Programme. Under the Kani shawl training scheme, the State Government proposes to spend Rs. 70,000 during this financial year. The number of trainees will be increased to 50 from the existing 20. Kani shawl weaving is an important item of handicrafts. It is quite an intricate art which had become almost extinct with depletion of the number of artisans from year to year. A centre was, therefore, established at Kanihama with a view to reviving this art.

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