The Government of India has identified Jodhpur and adjoining areas of Barmer as one of the Mega Clusters to be implemented under the “Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme” (CHCDS) of the Ministry of Textiles. Based on the core competitive parameters of the cluster, the scheme aims to provide an inclusive model of development by scaling up infrastructure and strengthening the value chain and building the capacities of the various cluster stakeholders.

As part of Mega Cluster the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles has sanctionedSkill Development Program to Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.

Skill Development Program

To implement the program O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) awarded the Skill Development Program to The Export Promotion Council for Handicraft to address the current limitations of cluster aimed at the overall capacity building of the artisans.

Skill Development program implemented from February 2017 in Jodhpur and Barmer. Crafts which covered under the Skill Development Program are as follow:

•      Wood Craft •      Metal
•      Applique •      Hand Embroidery
•      Tie & Dye •      Bone & Horn
•      Hand Woven Durry •      Hand Block Printing


  • To address the current limitations of the cluster in terms of lack of skilled manpower for producing high value added and diversified products ranging from furniture, accessories, made-ups, garments and novelties.
  • To provide standardized training for improving skill sets needed for handling/ manufacturing wooden and iron furniture, value addition in textile products e.g. Block printing, embroidery soft skills and enterprise development aimed at the overall capacity building of the artisans.