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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  • Enhance and adapt skill through design interventions.
  • Enhance productivity and income through technical upgradation.
  • Assist sustainable development and responsible working conditions
  • Assist in marketing through domestic and international channels.
  • Provide assistance and guidance for achieving better social environment.
  • Provide help and assistance in developing sound environmental regime / management.
  • Preserves and protects the intellectual rights of marginalized regions / communities.
  • Provides a forum for organizations and businesses, both at national and international levels to interact, leading to a better environment for development of crafts.

COHANDS, a facilitator, provides necessary impetus, thrust and direction to trade but does not engage itself in trade directly . But makes concerted efforts to maintain high quality and cultural heritage. A catalytic agent for promotion of handicrafts in the domestic and global markets. It preserves and protects the intellectual rights of marginalized region/communities.


Forthcoming Events

  • Indian Handicrafts & Gift Fair(Spring) at India Expo Mart Ltd. (IEML), Expressway, Greater Noida - 23rd to 27th Feb, 2018

  • Special Master Creation, 2018 at Dilli Haat, New Delhi - 16th to 31st January, 2018

  • Special Marketing Event for the benefit of artisans from various parts of the county at Vishakhapatnam - 5th to 8th January, 2018

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