Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking) was established in the year 1964 under Companies Act 1956. The objective of the corporation is to preserve, develop and promote handicrafts. Government of India and Government of Karnataka are the share holders in the organization. Karnataka State is richly endowed with widely practiced, accepted and acclaimed crafts since time immemorial. The major crafts are sandalwood carvings, rosewood inlay, channapatna lacquer ware & toys, Mysore traditional paintings, bidri ware, kinhal toys, Navalgund durries, stone carvings, other wood carvings, traditional jewellery, mirror and embroidery, banana fiber, terracotta, bronze icons, Pile carpets and many more.
Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited is the pioneer in establishing 13 craft complexes across Karnataka state wherever there is concentration of artisans for various crafts. Common facility centers are also built at these craft complexes for the benefit of artisans. 4544 artisans are registered with the corporation and over 50,000 artisans are indirectly depending upon the corporation for preserving, developing and promoting their craftsmanship. The corporation has provided 1222 living cum work sheds to the eligible and deserving artisans. Raw materials such as sandalwood, silver and zinc are being provided to the artisans at subsidized rates. Workshops and training programs are conducted periodically to upgrade the craftsmanship and skills of artisans.
Besides, providing forward and backward support to the traditional artisans, courses are conducted to the interested persons in learning and sustaining the craftsmanship in various crafts. The corporation has established 'Gurukula', where Two Year Certificate Course is conducted in craftsmanship at Sagara in Shimoga District to sustain the traditional crafts like 'wood carving' and 'stone carving' by providing training to especially younger generation. Thus, the corporation is having the required wherewithal to conduct business to optimum level. In order to market the products made by the artisans across the state 11 retail sales outlets popularly known as 'Cauvery', Karnataka State Arts & Crafts Emporium at major cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli, Chennai, Secunderabad and New Delhi have been established.
The corporation has made inroads into both national and international markets. Its products are widely accepted and admired world over. Besides, selling the artifacts in its retail outlets, the corporation has been exporting to most of the developed countries. The corporation has also launched online sales through its website www. cauveryhandicrafts.net which is gaining momentum. Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking) was established in the year 1964 under Companies Act 1956.