Published on: December 21, 2022

Craft Villages

Craft Villages

Why in news? Rajya Sabha member, from Karnataka, raised concerns about the Channapatna toy industry and its artisans, and urged the Centre to develop a ‘Crafts Village’ on the lines of ‘Delhi Haat’ on the upcoming Bengaluru – Mysuru ten-lane expressway


  • Several bypasses and flyovers along the expressway, travellers will skip towns like Channapatna, the ‘land of toys’ famous for its hand-crafted wooden toys and handicrafts, and Bidadi, Ramanagaram and Maddur are popular for their local cuisines.

About Craft Village

  • It is an enterprise of the Union Textiles Ministry with the aim of ‘Linking Textile with Tourism’.
  • The concept of a crafts village emerged to serve the purpose of gathering most of the craft specimens and craftsmen under one roof.
  • At a craft village, one can get up close and personal with the artisans as they create their wares right in front of  eyes.
  • The infrastructure and atmosphere of a crafts village are also designed in the style of a village to give visitors a sense of rural life in India.
  • Crafts village also functions as a market, as you can purchase artefacts at lower prices than in the general market.
  • These craft huts serve multiple functions from a single platform.

Eight craft townlets are established under the project

  • Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  • Taj Ganj (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Amer (Rajasthan)
  • Vadaj (Gujarat)
  • Naini (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Raghurajpur (Odisha)
  • Anegundi (Karnataka).


  • Concentrated on re-building the artistically innovative steps put forward the enthusiastic mind interconnected with the cultural industriousness.

Benefits :

  • Encourage the concept of social inclusion.
  • Cultural diversity and multiplicity can be promoted on a large scale and the focus should be given to mortal evolution.
  • Human development is the most important goal of the craft village scheme.
  • The Crafts Village scheme seeks to design handicrafts as an endurable livelihood opportunity for crafters in the tussocks.
  • It strives to encourage craftwork and tourism by delivering infrastructure auspices to handicraft collections
  • Helps in the promotion of village development

Channapatna Toys

  • Particular form of wooden toys and dolls
  • Location : Town of Channapatna in the Ramanagara district
  • Protected GI under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka.
  • Channapatna is known as the Gombegala Ooru (toy-town) of Karnataka.
  • Material used: Traditional ivory-wood, other woods—including rubber, sycamore, cedar, pine and teak—are now used as well.
  • History : Traced to patronage from Tipu Sultan
  • In 2022, Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna – Bangalore City railway station set up a dedicated stall for the toys as a pilot study.