India is a country rich in cultural heritage and diversity. The same is true for the handicrafts sector. In our villages and small towns, we can still find people engaged in hundreds of various art and craft activities. Some do it for hobby and for many, it is a profession and means of earning a livelihood. Pottery, ceramics, fashion, embroidery, drawing, painting, interior decoration, flower arranging, book binding, basket weaving are some of the art and craft design activities to be engaged in. The craft and design field provides for numerous avenues to earn a decent income. With incomes rising in the country, many in the upper and upper middle class value these art and craft items. There is a big potential for business in the international market as Indian handicrafts are very popular in the west as well as eastern countries like Japan, Korea and the ASEAN.
Eligibility and course duration
Pass in 10+2 or an equivalent qualification. The courses are mostly of 6 months' duration. There are distance education programs, like the one by IGNOU.
More about the course
The program makes you aware of our country's rich cultural heritage in terms of art and craft. You get introduced to the variety of art and craft activities in the craft and design field. Depending upon your area of interest or passion you can select the craft activity suiting you the best. For your chosen craft you get to learn about the materials, tools, equipment and the techniques to carry out the design activity. As part of the training, you will get to design, fabricate and display the craft that you create. Working in the craft industry also requires good communication skills as you will be interacting with your customers frequently and explaining them the finer points of your craft. Like any other design activity, you will need to give attention to detail.
Jobs and opportunities
The art and craft industry provides for good many employment as well as self-earning opportunities. There are many schemes by the Government of India, where rural artisans and other interested youth are absorbed for employment. Many such schemes relax the educational qualifications for rural artisans. There are opportunities in designing, manufacture of such handicrafts. Marketing of these products too provides for ample opportunities to earn a livelihood. There is diploma, graduate and postgraduate programs in design that one can aim for.
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