A national association of indian craft people established in 1986 by social and political activist, writer, and crafts patron Jaya Jaitly. it consists of a large membership of crafts persons as individuals, family units, Co-ops, Assocications, and societies. Persons who offer their professional services or administrative assistance voluntarily for the development of crafts also from 25% of its members.


Supporting Indian crafts and its makers for 35 Years

From the Founder

Forty years after she embarked upon a journey to keep some of India’s crafts alive, and give dignity to craftspeople, Jaya Jaitly says she has reason to be optimistic. The Dastkari Haat Samiti she founded in 1986 has more than 1,600 members, including individual artisans and organisations, and their three annual craft exhibitions across the country receive an enthusiastic response.

Our crafts our rooted to Indian culture, so Indians will appreciate them the most. We don’t want to be producing goods suiting Western tastes and changing according to their fashion trends, climate and festivals. Export is a very tough business. It is only when can negotiate from a position of power that you can look overseas. There is a 30-35 crore strong middle class that has potential purchasing These (crafts) are all living traditions and anything living power in India. has to be nourished. The nourishment they need is the ability to change with contemporary tastes and access to market places. That is why I followed the haat technique; here there is no middleman exploiting them, they get to meet the buyers directly to earn what will sell, and they get a fair price.

Why do we leave it to malls and branded goods to attract
them? Craftspeople have to learn to be competitive.

Last 35 Years of Dastkari Haat Samiti

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