Goa handicrafts uses wheel power to bridge gap between tourists, artisans

“The government needs to also look into the quality of these Goan handicrafts a bit of quality check would help promote our handicrafts


Products made by Goa’s talented artisans and craftsmen will be within arm’s reach for tourists visiting the state thanks to the mobile handicraft vans that were launched on Wednesday by the Goa handicrafts rural and small scale industries development corporation (GHRSSIDC).

In an effort to tap into the foreign tourist market, the mobile van will travel to the coastal belt, where tourist density is higher, and will be also be stationed at prominent cultural festivals and events. Handicrafts, including items made from clay, shells and brass, besides coconut craft and azulejos, will be sold from these vans.

“The idea here is to bridge the gap between tourists on the beach belt and artisans based in the hinterland,” GHRSSIDC managing director Naveen SL said.

The GHRSSIDC already has nine emporia selling handicrafts in various parts of the state. Going by the name ‘Aparant’, these outlets were recently given a new lease on life.

Minister for industries Mahadev Naik, underscored the importance of innovative approaches and ideation to promote the handicraft industry in new ways. “There is a need for officers who will really work towards the development of GHRSSIDC.

The mobile handicraft van is a novel move,” he said while speaking at the launch of the mobile vans.