Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Textiles
01-October-2015 18:43 IST
Craft Maps now on permanent display at Race Course Metro Station, Delhi

October 1, 2015 would be an important day for India’s karigars. A unique art gallery of craft maps that provides locations of craft production and marketing areas all over India, has been inaugurated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), at the Race Course Road Metro station in New Delhi.  

The forty-eight large-sized artistic crafts maps of India together cover every state; there is one map for India and another for NCR, Delhi. They were conceptualized and created by Dastkari Haat Samiti, a national association of Indian crafts people, during the period 1994 - 2010.  

The maps highlight crafts and textiles of respective states, depicting crafts persons and presenting relevant information against the backdrop of respective art forms. The traditional art forms have been cast in a new light, drawing attention to the dynamic nature of traditional art. It is the first time that these art forms have been applied to maps; for instance, terracotta artist Kaushalya Verma, Manju Jhangra and Geeta Jhangra from Haryana have used their traditional skill to create a map made of terracotta stars. Kashmiri papier mache artist Hakim Ghulam Mohammad, who always used to paint on papier mache or wooden items, has painted a shawl map of Srinagar on paper for the first time. 

Exporters and NGOs have been using the craft maps to locate crafts for sourcing, marketing and design development. The maps have helped in promoting many an unknown area and craft. The craft maps have reached many parts of the world and are a unique cartographic documentation of crafts, textiles and traditional arts. 

They were displayed by the Government of India at the Frankfurt Book Fair when India was the guest country, and by Government of Delhi at London as part of a major exhibition at Trafalgar Square. The first exhibition was inaugurated by late President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2005 at Dilli Haat.

Dastkari Haat Samiti ​gifted the entire set of exhibits to the Crafts Museum in 2009. The collection has been put together for display at Race Course Metro Station, due to the joint endeavours of Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Crafts Museum, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Panda, Secretary, Textiles; Shri Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ms. Jaya Jaitley, founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti, and officials of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation were among others present on the occasion.