Over 350 certificates issued, Handicrafts Dept designated agency, membership free
Srinagar, Sept 20: In order to access various benefits under the foreign trade policy and become part of a worldwide network of exporters in the international market, the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom, Kashmir, has called upon craft entrepreneurs to apply for Registration-cum-Membership Certificate (RCMC) in terms of the Handbook of Procedures of the DGFT.
RCMC is an export license issued for a period of five years as proof that the exporter is registered with the designated export council.
In an official statement issued here today, the Handicrafts & Handloom Department stated that the handicrafts and handloom sector of Kashmir has a strong production base and offers ample opportunities for building entrepreneurship to venture into the global export arena.
The statement further adds that the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom is the designated Export Promotion Council for handicrafts and handloom products in J&K and it does not charge any membership fee from its member exporters. So far, the Handicrafts and Handloom Department has issued over 350 RCMCs under powers conferred in the Handbook of Procedures notified by the Director-General Foreign Trade.
As per the foreign trade policy, an exporter is required to get an RCMC for availing various benefits to become part of global network of exporters and importers, exposure to international markets and Government incentives.
The prospective craft entrepreneurs have been advised to apply with the Department on prescribed form along with self-certified copies of IEC (Import Export Code) generated by DGFT, PAN card, Unit Registration Certificate, partnership deed, if any, and financial soundness certificate issued by the concerned banks. They have also been advised to attach last three-year services’ export data certified by Chartered Accountant or last three years domestic sale data, also certified by CA, along with an undertaking on affidavit that the contents shall be provided as per the prescribed format.
With focus on craft, agriculture and horticulture sectors, the Government has also constituted Apex and District level Committees to boost exports from Jammu and Kashmir and promote each district as an export hub. The Apex-level Committee shall coordinate with all departments of Union Territory Government and Central Government to resolve issues related to exports and assist Union Territory Government in the formulation of export policy and strategy. It shall also assist Export Promotion Councils in the planning and execution of Buyer-Seller meets and trade exhibitions.
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PHD Chamber holds capacity-building workshop for crewel embroidery artisans
Srinagar, Sept 13: PHD Chamber Kashmir chapter conducted a two-day capacity-building workshop for the crewel embroidery artisans here at Kashmir Haat.
The workshop was organised in association with the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom Kashmir and with the support of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Government of India in an effort to bring the business of weavers, craftsmen, artisans, and designers into the mainstream.
Director Handicrafts Mehmood Ahmad Shah inaugurated the workshop.
“Even though handicrafts is the second-largest industry after agriculture, they do not receive the attention they deserve. Weaved and handmade objects are regarded as art by foreigners, but because they are indigenous to us, they don’t seem to have the same value,” said Mehmood Shah, according to a statement issued by PHD Chamber.
These kinds of workshops serve as a platform for bringing together artisans, craftsmen, and designers, allowing them to connect and generate fresh ideas in response to changing consumer demands.
Mehmood Shah interacted with craftsmen working with crewel and chain stitches and gave them instructions for registering as artisans and providing them with a platform for marketing. In order to expand the scope of marketing for handicraft and handloom items, the director handicrafts emphasised to artisans the importance of incorporating the most recent technological developments and innovations in accordance with current market trends. This includes proper e-marketing of the products.
The programme was attended by 49-artisans of crewel embroidery work and craft clusters from various areas.
On the occasion, Riyaz Ahmed Kawoosa, Assistant Director Publicity and Exhibitions, Handicrafts and Handloom Department, was also present. The resource person, Mushtaq Ahamd, Designer School of Designs, focused on topics including the value of design in crafts, how to create refined designs for export, new and innovative designs development and quality improvement.
“The Indian handicraft industry needs to embrace technology across the value chain, from production to the final sale of goods,” said Dr Asif Naqeshbandi, assistant professor department of management studies.
The use of technology, whether it be to increase production yield or give artisans access to direct digital marketplaces, needs to be taught at the grassroots level in addition to this. The long-term survival and expansion of the sector depend on Indian artists having a bigger presence in these virtual platforms, where young customers are increasingly choosing to purchase.
Dr Mohd Sayyed Bhat from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai made artisans aware of the importance of packaging for handicrafts, especially for crewel and chain stitch.
Later artisans visited the school of designs where they saw a live demonstration of the chain stitch and the crewel stitch. The tour was organised by Shahena Bhat, a designer at the school.
The artisans thanked the Handicraft Department and PHD Chamber for organising such awareness workshops. They also stated that they would use the techniques they learned to improve the packaging, design, and marketing of their products.
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