Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations (COHANDS) is an apex body of 29 State / Central Government Handicrafts Development Corporations, engaged in assisting grass root level organizations, NGO's, Self Help Groups and small entrepreneurs engaged in handicrafts for promotion of handicrafts.


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I am highly delighted to learn that Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations has launched its website

The website is dedicated to artisans of the country, to provide them day-to-day information about worldwide market trends on a click of mouse.

Council of Handicraft Development Corporations (COHANDS) has been established in the year 1983 under Societies Act 1860 under the aegis of Government of India, then Ministry of Industry and now Ministry of Textiles, Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts ), having 29 State and Central Government Handicrafts Development Corporations as its Permanent Members.

Besides, COHANDS has also brought National Awardees / National Merit Certificate Holders / Federations / Cluster Groups / NGO's working in the field of Handicrafts especially women artisans under its umbrella by enrolling then as Institutional Members.

COHANDS assists grass-root level organisations, self-help groups and small entrepreneurs engaged in Handicrafts across India. Influencing the trade is the primary mandate of COHANDS, but it does not engage itself in trade directly. It provides the necessary impetus, thrust and direction to trade. This energises the elements which affect trade, thereby leading to positive and fair level playing field for all stakeholders, primarily the artisans and the crafts person.

Thus, COHANDS being an Apex body has vast responsibilities and gargantuan duties to perform in promoting, developing Indian Handicraft in the highest order to compete with the very best anywhere in the world. To fulfil its commitments and discharge its gargantuan duties, COHANDS has involved itself in different initiatives to forge ahead, despite challenges. It is believed that Handicrafts is the best possible medium to carry forward vision envisaged. I am privileged to state here that COHANDS has in the recent past penetrated, the global markets and established its position therein quite acceptably. COHANDS has been providing much needed support to the National Awardees, Shilp Gurus and other development partners, thereby achieved desired results in the direction of consolidating forward linkages for this segments as well.

As I look at the future of the COHANDS, it is full of opportunities and challenges. Brighter prospects lie ahead and sky is the limit. COHANDS must be prepared to take tough calls on tomorrow’s compelling circumstance facing handicraft sector, to keep alive the valuable Craft Traditions of India.

Council of Handicraft Development Corporations (COHANDS) has done a wonderful job by launching its own purposeful website. On this occasion, may I take this opportunity to introduce Council of Handicraft Development Corporations as a medium of creativity, reliability, quality and service.

I wish all the success in its future endeavours.

Chairman & Development Commissioner ( Handicrafts )


Forthcoming Events

  • State level marketing workshop at Dimapur Nagaland from 18th to 19th July 2018.

  • Seminar Workshop on 30th & 31st July, 2018 at Morigaon, Assam in Artistic Textile Craft

  • Thematic Exhibitions for the benefit of SC artisans at T.D.I. Mall, Rajori Garden, New Delhi w.e.f. 31.07.2018 to 05.08.2018

  • Thematic Exhibitions for the benefit of SC artisans at City Centre Mall, Dwarka w.e.f. 07.08.2018 to 12.08.2018

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