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Handloom sector is in the cross roads struggling not only to retain the traditional inherited skills but also to cater to the needs of the current market demand to remain sustainable.

The Government of Karnataka has approved the proposal for setting up of “Smart Handlooms Innovation Center” in association with National Institute of Design (NID) in 2018-19 budgets by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

The purpose for Smart Handlooms Innovation Centre would be to integrate emerging technologies into creation of handlooms textiles. With an aim for the seamless integration of traditional into the technological maker culture, this would lead to the creation of next generation of weavers. It also aims to extend continuous design support to the textile sector in the Karnataka State.

SHIC is a resource collaborative which brings together weavers and professionals from diverse fields of design, research, technology, marketing, and signs to restore the dignity of Handlooms to make handloom weaving a sustainable livelihood and vibrant craft in Karnataka.


Smart Handloom Innovation Centre
Email: shic[at]nid[dot]edu
Phone: +91 79 26629 605

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