Author: Durgesh Shankar
Publisher: UBS Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174764321
India’s handicrafts give a comprehensive account of the glory and richness of the country’s past and the magnificent achievements of Indian artisans over the past five thousand years. The book gives rightful recognition to the craftsmen of India whose achievements are perhaps more representative and symbolic of their nation than those of any other country across the world. It also enumerates the trials, tribulations and challenges that the country’s craftsperson have faced with equanimity.
Coming to the aid of the artisans was the Indian Cooperative Union and its Emporium-the Central Cottage Industries emporium, or the cottage as it is popularly called-which has in the past fifty years of its inception infused a fresh lease of life into the traditional Indian crafts and craftspersons by encouraging and preserving the arts of India. The cottage has played pioneering role in educating the Western world about the richness and variety of India’s heritage, marketing Indian handcrafts abroad and creating a sustainable demand for the hand-crafted artifacts.