Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2015)
Handicrafts industries in Odisha: Problems and prospects
Author(s): Mahendra P.Agasty, Janmejay Senapati
Abstract: Odisha is known for its rich culture and tradition all over the world. The handicrafts and cottage industries in the state made the foundation for spreading the craftsmanship of the state in different parts of the country. But the recent study shows these sectors are struggling for their survival. For the last five to six years the growth of handicrafts units are discouraging. In this paper an attempt is made to find out the problems and prospects of these sectors in present day context in Odisha. In our study we have taken three well known craft in the state, they are applique, filigree and pattachitra.We have taken two districts and three cluster regions for our study. We have used both primary and secondary data in the analysis. From our study we find, from 2009 there has been continuous fall in establishment of new handicraft, cottage and handicraft units in the state. The employment generated by these industries has also suffered. The study reveals problems are very common to almost all the units. The problems related to these units are connected to marketing, finance and labour. The survival of these industries is not only necessary but also vital for the growth of Odishaâ€™s economy.