Union minister of textiles Smriti Irani has laid the foundation stone for a Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi. The complex will be named Deen Dayal Antarashtriya Hastshilp Bhawan and artisans will be allocated space for the marketing of their products, on rotation basis, and special preference will be given to the differently-abled artisans.
The construction of the complex is being undertaken by NBCC at a cost of Rs113.56 crore. The construction will be complete in 18 months. The complex will have dormitory facilities for handicrafts artisans who will come from all across the country, said Irani. There will be a separate research wing and research will be carried out on endangered crafts and new and emerging handicrafts products and markets.
The Hastshilp Bhawan, when constructed, will have 23 shops meant for artisans, one showroom for artisans from SAARC countries, one kiosk, five galleries and one conventional hall. It will also provide better accessibility to the artisans coming from all over the country and SAARC nations.