Srinagar city especially Shari Khass is known for its contribution in preserving arts and crafts.
Hundreds of artisans have been engaged in the preservation and promotion of many crafts including silk carpet weaving.
Recently DC Srinagar inaugurated the Silk Carpet Centre under Karkhandar Scheme at Rathpora Eidgah.
He said that includingSilk Carpet under ODOP initiative aimed to boost economic growth at the District level especially in the Srinagar city. On the occasion, Chief Planning Officer, Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Assistant Director Handicrafts & Handloom, Mohsina Irshad, Tehsildar Eidgah, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan other senior officers along with the team of one District one product and large number of Artisans were present.
He emphasised on incorporating IT interventions in the handicraft craft sector to encourage younger generations to carry forward the rich heritage of world famous crafts and industries associated with Carpet weaving and other Handloom/Handicraft products thereby generating employment avenues.
He said Karkhandar scheme has been launched with an aim to upscale the learning techniques of craftsmen and to improve their wage earnings and create linkages with producer organizations i.e Kharkhandar to inculcate entrepreneurship qualities in them. He said Karkhandar Scheme has been also envisaged to promote sustainable livelihoods as the artisans can gain direct access to customized production, new design development, technology related modifications and above all can have the pulse of market demands.