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The Government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned Rs.1.00 crores from the State Innovation Fund for creating “e-Repository of Artisans and their Skills”. This is a comprehensive and dynamically updated web based repository www.tnartisaan.com is for all artisans in the State of Tamil Nadu, with dedicated web-page in a standardized format for each artisan who has been registered in the site, with special features to promote marginalized groups of artisans. Currently we have data for about 13,000 artisans and the survey is on. The advantage about this website is that now the world can deal directly with our artisans and vice versa, without having to go through middlemen.

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More than 2 Lakhs artisans remote villages, district and cities in Tamilnadu are the people behind the artistic handicrafts that we see everyday. Hours of imagination and hard work go into bring every unique product unique its perfect form

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More than 2 Lakhs artisans remote villages, district and cities in Tamilnadu are the people behind the artistic handicrafts that we see everyday. Hours of imagination and hard work go into bring every unique product unique its perfect form

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Thiru. P.Benjamin

Minister for Rural Industries

Rural Industries including Cottage
Industries, Small Industries

Thiru. P.Benjamin

Minister for Rural Industries including Cottage,Industries, Small Industries
  Principal Secretary to Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi Department

Thiru. shambhu kallolikar, IAS

Principal Secretary to Government.

Principal Secretary to Government
Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi Department Chairman & Managing Director - TNHDC

Thiru. shambhu kallolikar, IAS

Principal Secretary to Government - Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi Department Chairman & Managing Director - TNHDC

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TNHDC is the only emporium for Tamilnadu Handlooms and Handicrafts. The art-pieces showcasing the incredible Indian culture is an attraction for each and every foreign dignitary visiting India.


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Schemes & Welfares

IDPH has been launched by Government of India. This scheme operates on cluster basis. The major ojective of this project is to provide artisans, better working environment, skill upgradation, marketing facilities and exposure to new designs which is implementing over 2 years.

Under the Hon'ble Chief Minister Announcement Rule 110 in the floor Assembly, an award titled as Living Craft Treasure Award was awarded to craftperson's of eminence who are above the age of 65 years, which consists of a cash prize of Rs.1.00 Lakh, a thamirapattiram, an eight gram gold medal and a certificate for 10 artisans

The Government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned Rs.1.00 crores from the State Innovation Fund for creating “e-Repository of Artisans and their Skills”. This is a comprehensive and dynamically updated web based repository www.tnartisaan.com is for all artisans in the State of Tamil Nadu, with dedicated web-page in a standardized format for each artisan who has been registered in the site, with special features to promote marginalized groups of artisans. Currently we have data for about 13,000 artisans and the survey is on. The advantage about this website is that now the world can deal directly with our artisans and vice versa, without having to go through middlemen.

The Corporation is currently distribution free tools kits worth Rs.5000/- to artisans in Tamil Nadu state under the IDPH program. Total of 10000 artisans will be covered under this scheme. Any artisans who holds the PECHAN ID card provided by the DC(H) New Delhi will benefit out of the scheme.

Under the IDPH program the Corporation is establishing 13 Common Facility Centres at various crafts cluster in Tamil Nadu at the cost of Rs.780.00 lakhs. So far six CFCs are declared opened by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 8-3-2018 Artisan Day.

Similarly under the Tamil Nadu Government sponsored scheme “Revival of Languishing crafts” four more Common Facility Centres are established for Palm Leaf, Kora Grass mat, Clay and Teracotta crafts at a cost of Rs.188.00 Lakhs.

The Corporation provides 5 months IDTDP training and  2 month DTDW training  for acquiring various skills in the production of craft items in periodical intervals. Those who want to acquire the skill in the production of these craft items can join the training programmes organized by the Corporation periodically and make themselves proficient in these craft skills which will enable them to take up production of handicrafts as an occupation.  During the training period, the trainees are paid stipend  for Rs.7,500 /- per month by the Corporation.

The Corporation has also established a Design Research and Development Centre (DRDC) using 3D Designing and Printing technology for quick and mass production of Handicrafts products.

Poompuhar Awards

Based on the Announcement of the Hon’ble Chief Minister under
Rule 110 in the floor of Assembly, an award titled as “Living Craft Treasure Award” was introduced in the year 2013‑2014 to craftsperson’s of eminence who are above the age of 65 years. This award consists of a cash prize of Rs.1.00 lakh, a thamirapattiram, an eight gram gold medal and a certificate.  This award is given to 10 artisans at a total cost of Rs.15.00 lakhs.  This is the highest awards for handicrafts at state level.

Every year ten best artisans in the field who have contributed to the development of the crafts of Tamil Nadu are selected and given the Poompuhar State Award, which consists of a cash prize of  Rs.50,000/, a four gram gold medal, tamirapathiram  and a certificate. These state awardees are also eligible to get a monthly pension of Rs.3,500/- after completion of 60 years of age under the Government of India if they are economically backward.

The Poompuhar District Craft Award had been newly introduced in the year 2011-2012. This award consists of a cash prize of Rs.10,000/-, a silver medal and a certificate. A total of 85 craftsmen in 16 crafts are awarded these prizes every year. Out of which 17 women artisans selected to encourage them and to ensure self sustainability.  

In order to ensure that the traditional handicrafts of Tamil Nadu survive and are passed on to the next generation, it is necessary to enthuse the youngsters in the field. In order to achieve this, a craft competition was introduced from the year 2013‑2014 onwards for artisans below 30 years of age. 150 artisans were chosen, duly honoured and given Rs.2000/- cash, silver medals and certificates. These competitions will be held in the important craft pockets. 

In order to encourage the exporters of handicraft items, an award called “Handicrafts Exports Award” has been introduced from the year 2014-2015.  The above award is to be given to two persons at a cost of Rs.2.50 lakhs every year. This award consist of a cash prize of Rs.40,000/-, 4 gm gold medal, one thamirapattiram and a certificate.

Handicraft items are usually made by a team of artisans. It is often difficult to single out an individual artisan for an award. A “Team Production Award” is therefore being introduced to honour teams of artisans who come together to produce an item. This award will be given to 3 groups at a cost of Rs.3.75 lakhs every year.

This awards consist of a cash prize of Rs.40,000/-, 4 gm gold medal, one thamirapattiram and a certificate.

Many artefacts produced by artisans are often of decorative or religious value. In order to encourage artisans to produce utility based handicrafts, an Award called “Utility Based Handicrafts Award” has been introduced. This award will be given to 3 artisans at a cost of Rs.3.75 lakhs every year.    This awards consist of a cash prize of Rs.40, 000/-, 4 gm gold medal, one thamirapattiram and a certificate.

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