Traditionally Kutch was very famous
for its fine quality metal work.
Anjar was considered the best place
to buy knives and nut crackers.
Over time the knives made by hand
have become uncompetitive with the
machine made knives in terms of
quality and price. The market for
nut crackers has shrunk due to change
in social patterns. The artisans
in the villages are in a very impoverished
state and normally take raw material
from traders and give the finished
goods back to them. Today if one
goes to the village one would not
find any stock with the artisans.
It is very important that new products
be developed so that the artisans
can compete in the market place.
A whole range of new products that
are utilitarian and decorative need
to be designed.
Although all these crafts are located
in Kutch, each of them has its own
peculiarities and problems. A common
methodology for all will not work.
While some crafts are marginal,
other crafts are thriving and need
inputs for expansion. The need of
marginal crafts like Namda, lacquer,
pottery etc. is total hand holding
and full support from technical
inputs, raw material supply and
marketing. The bigger crafts need
more sophisticated inputs in areas
of market linkages, design development,
training of artisans etc. Leverage
points of each craft have been identified
which can be harnessed to achieve
maximum results. HMCP has been very
successful in reviving and supporting
small and marginal craftsmen. With
this project it proposes to do the
same with bigger crafts and craftspeople.