The handicrafts sector is important for the Indian economy as it is one of the largest employment generators and accounts for a significant share in the country?s exports. The state and regional clusters contribute significantly to handicrafts export. The Indian handicrafts industry is fragmented, with more than seven million regional artisans and more than 67,000 exporters/export houses promoting regional art and craftsmanship in the domestic and global markets.
Handicraft exports from India increased by 6.44 per cent year-on-year during 2018-19 with US$ 3.80 billion. During April 2019-February 2020, export stood at US$ 3.39 billion. During this period, the exports of various segments like woodwares at US$ 719.48 million, embroidered & crochetted goods at US$ 549.1 million, misc. handicrafts at US$ 969.8 million, handprinted textiles & scarves at US$ 329.34 million, imitation jewellery at US$ 210.6 million and artmetal wares at US$ 444.41 million.
Indian handicrafts are exported across geographies, with the top 10 destinations being the US, the UK, the UAE, Germany, France, Latin American countries (LAC), Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.