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Pilot projects launched to revive traditional Namda Craft

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    History & Culture
  • Published
    1st Dec, 2021

Context

Recently,Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched two projects—

  • Revival of Namda craft of Kashmir as a special pilot project under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0 
  • upskilling of artisans and weavers of Kashmir under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), component of PMKVY.

What is Namda Craft?

  • Namda craft is widely thought to have originated in the 11th century during the reign of Mughal emperor Akbar.
  • Namda craft is a rug made of sheep wool through a felting technique instead of the normal weaving process. 
  • Namda Craft is extensively used in Kashmir households for floor covering and mattresses.

Key-objective

  • To boost and preserve the traditional Namda craft of Kashmir and upskill the local weavers and artisans to enhance their productivity through RPL assessment and certification. 
    • Due to low availability of raw material, lack of skilled manpower and marketing techniques, the export of this craft has declined almost 100 percent between 1998 and 2008. 
  • The Namda project will benefit 2,250 people of 30 Namda Clusters and RPL initiative targets to upskill 10,900 artisans and weavers of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • This will also improve the access of existing artisans of Namda crafts cluster in Kashmir and will improve their prospects of employability.