Government of Tamil Nadu
Organisation Structure

HANDICRAFTS
                        Tamil Nadu have important place in the Handicrafts industry.  Only very few areas from Thanjavur, Madurai, Trichy, Tirunelveli and Kaniyakumari Districts have been traditionally famous and engaged in Handicrafts industry.  To protect the age-old traditional handicrafts of Tamil Nadu and to improve the economic conditions of traditional artisans in rural areas, handicrafts industrial cooperative societies have been organized throughout Tamil Nadu.  The handicrafts items include bronze icon, bell metal, Art plate, wall panels, wood carvings, stone carvings, sculpture, musical instruments, toys, printed fabrics, bathik printing, artificial diamond and Thanjavur paintings. At present, 14 handicraft societies are functioning in Tamil Nadu and their performance are as follows:

Year No. of societies

No. of members

Sales
(Rs. in lakhs)

2005-06

19

2068

169.55

2006-07

19

1935

135.92

2007-08

18

1848

121.88

2008-09

19

2029

148.26

2009-10

18

2044

178.77

2010-11

18

1818

180.60

2011-12

17

1818

178.13

2012-13

17

1818

175.04

2013-14

14

1895

209.50