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The Liberal Artisan in the Global Village Miss Universe Australia- Jennifer Hawking ran away with the coveted beauty title in a brocade gown a 25000 gold creation by Sydney designer Bora at the grand finale the gown was all Zari Rs 45 a meter with value addition and made in our very own Gurgaon Now thats globalisation Is the handicrafts sector in India going down the path of no survival I started this paper with this question as our principal query This paper intends to investigate if Globalisation has impeded or helped the growth of the handicrafts industry using a case study to analyze organizational market and social changes over a specified period of time ie Pre and post liberalisation in India India ushered in economic liberalisation in 1991 It is popular perception that liberalisation has affected the informal handicraft sector adversely this however I found out has not been the case Our methodology involved a four-pronged analysis of the handicrafts sector I sought to understand what exactly constitutes the definition of a handicraft wherefrom I investigated how the demand for these products has changed what the governments take is what the reality of the artisans involved with inputs from designers and finally export house opinion as Ill I chose to limit our data set from the 60s to 2004 which I felt reflects a sufficient period to monitor the impact of globalisation on this sector in terms of the time before the 91 reforms and post the 91 reforms History In November 1952 the government of India set up the All India Handicrafts Board AIHB to channelise the talent of the sector that till today employs the second largest labour next only to agriculture Today the IAHB has been taken over by the Handicrafts Ministry a division of textiles it claims to promote Development Research and Promotion The Handicrafts Sector A-would-be-Industry Handicrafts do wonderful things for
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