Baseline Survey of Handicraft artisans initiated at Varanasi to identify the artisans / craft persons actually engaged in the specified crafts in these clusters and interventions required to upgrade their training skills, design inputs, marketing etc.
The Baseline Survey is also aimed to identify the constraints presently facing by the handicrafts sector of Varanasi and to know the need & requirement of the artisans so as to include them in the proposed interventions of the ambitious project plan initiated in the cluster. The project plan has been made focusing on customized capacity development, market oriented design & product development, market linkages, creation of infrastructure which includes setting up of raw material bank for supply of graded raw material, common facility centre for faster and quality production, craft based resource centre for commercial market intelligence. The artisans of Varanasi shall also be provided platform at various national & international level through established exhibitions.
Total 25,000 artisans / craft persons of Varanasi to be surveyed on the following identified craft categories.
i) Zari & Zardozi
ii) Artificial Jewellery
iii) Wood Crafts / Wooden Lacqerware
iv) Soap Stone / Stone Carving
v) Terracotta / Pottery Crafts
vi) Bead Work
vii) Gulabi Meenakari
viii) Other misc. crafts viz. Mural Painting, Hand Block Printing, Gold Smith, Metal Crafts etc