Organization - Craft Revival Trust

Craft Revival Trust
Basic Information
English Craft Revival Trust
Local language क्राफ्ट रिवाइवल ट्रस्ट
Country India
Category UNESCO-Accredited NGO
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Policy and System
Education and Training
Established year 1999

We believe that crafts and craftspeople have a vital role to play in contemporary India – not just as a part of its cultural and aesthetic past, but as a part of its economic future and its sustainable development.

Our mission continues to be the building of a policy and knowledge framework for practitioners and transmitters and their wider constituency.


The Craft Revival Trust (CRT), a registered non-profit organization is based on the principal that access to knowledge and its dissemination forms the vital core to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of traditional arts, crafts, textiles and all related matters. This investment empowers and strengthens the cultural diversity of individuals, communities and societies.

Major Activities

CRT’s mandate is manifest through 5 main routes

  • Knowledge – Research & Dissemination – Encyclopedia & Archive

The Asia Inch encyclopedia and archive, on the intangible cultural heritage of the arts, crafts, textiles and its traditional practitioners in India
and the wider South Asian region is recognized as the leading repository of online knowledge on the arts, crafts and artisans.

A comprehensive database of 60,000 artisans and weavers working in more than 1200 craft, textile and art categories, the largest bibliography of publications and journals on the subject, essays by scholars and others, a quarterly journal, listings of museums and organizations in the South Asia region involved in this cause are some of the key features of the online encyclopedia.

  • Advocacy and Policy

At CRT we have developed field-research based policy recommendations, build networks of relevant players around key bottlenecks, engaged with other forums to spur policy reforms and reached out to the general public to raise awareness about the sector. From policy roundtables to seminars, writings and on-the-ground research on issues that impact the sector to CRT’s inputs at policy meetings in India and overseas all form part of its core work.

Identifying gaps in the policy regime relating to the sector additionally form part of the work. Additionally CRT is represented on several policy making bodies for the strategic development of the sector.

  • Publications & documentation

Since its inception, the Craft Revival Trust has been involved in researching and collecting information on matters that affect the sector and are of utmost importance to practitioners in the wider domain of intangible heritage in India and the larger South-Asian region. While chronicling the living traditions the research and document presents onthe-ground realities and policy prescriptions and recommendations for the future.

  • Consultancy

Thus CRTs work includes serving as a catalyst for linkages and as a forum for commissioned research consultancies.

  • Public Outreach, networking platforms, mentoring programs
Contact Information (Organization)
Address Craft Revival Trust S-4 Khirki Extension New Delhi – 110017 India
Tel 011-29545015

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