Varanasi since ancient times is one of the leading production centre for some of the finest handicrafts. Based on the stake holder meets, need was felt for the integrated and inclusive approach for development and promotion of Handicrafts of Varanasi since the efforts presently are individualistic and sporadic.
Ministry of Textiles approved an ambitious time and target bound “Integrated Project for Development and Promotion of Handicrafts of Varanasi”. Major identified crafts based on the estimated number of artisans at each cluster are Zari/Zardozi, Terracotta, Wooden Handicrafts, Artificial Jewellery, Soap Stone etc. Institutional support is being provided under one umbrella with a measurable outcome and dovetailing various promotional schemes for impactful results.