Government of Tamil Nadu
Handicrafts

 

                        Tamil Nadu have important place in the Handicrafts industry.  Only very few areas from Thanjavur, Madurai, Trichy, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari 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)

2012-13

17

1818

175.04

2013-14

14

1895

209.50

2014-15

14

2001

222.33

2015-16

14

2057

254.32

2016-17

14

2057

242.74