AIACA engages in policy research and advocacy, and implements a range of programmes to enhance access of craft producers to mainstream markets and promote craft-based enterprise growth. These include the Craftmark initiative to certify genuine handicrafts of India and the Enterprise Support Programme to assist craft producer groups to transition to commercially viable business entities. AIACA also undertakes more holistic cluster development programmes for sustainable livelihood generation of rural artisans.
Craftmark (www.craftmark.org) is a certification programme designed and managed by AIACA that certifies genuine Indian handmade craft products produced in a socially responsible manner; develops sector-wide minimum standards and norms for labelling a product as a handicraft product; and increases consumer awareness of distinct handicraft traditions and tractability of the products from manufacturer to end consumer. Craftmark is being used by more than 80 crafts enterprises, with an outreach of more than 1,10,000 artisans across 23 states of India.
The 8th Craftmark Jury event was organised on 28th June, 2019 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. It was designed to provide a Market Access platform and enable productive and specific discussions amongst the Craftmark members and the reputed industry experts. It encompassed multi-level discussions ranging from artisan anecdotes to production and marketing probes, which were anchored beautifully by the jury with practical analysis and constructive guidance.
The Jury panel comprised Ms. Purnima Rai (Former President, Delhi Crafts Council, New Delhi), Mr. Vallabh Rastogi (Senior Design Manager, JSL Lifestyle Ltd., New Delhi), Mr. Nitin Panmani (Co-Founder, iTokri.com) and Mr. Ayush Kasliwal (Founder and Creative Head, Ayush Kasliwal Design Pvt. Ltd.)
AIACA supports crafts based enterprise development, promotion and sustainability through various long and short term projects across the country. These projects are designed based on specific requirements and feasibility of the communities we work with.