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Our craftspersons are India’s ambassadors of culture, creativity to world: VP Dhankar

New Delhi: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday said that our craftspersons are India’s ambassador of our culture and creativity to the world and appealed to the consumers to appreciate the local and be vocal about it.

Addressing the Shilp Guru and National Awards organised by the Ministry of Textiles, the vice president said the unique talent of our master craftsmen is representative of Bharat, as per official statement.

“With your subtle workmanship, you embellish and enrich India’s cultural diversity. You represent India’s rich tradition of skills and craftsmanship,” he told the Shilp Gurus present.

He described Indian craftsmen as the impactful ambassadors of our culture and creativity and said that by honouring them, the nation is honouring those generations of unknown skilled craftsmen, who have left behind such a rich legacy.

Taking into account the creativity, skills and the hard work of the craftsmen, Dhankar said that “You represent India’s creative tradition, you carry India’s Intangible heritage of craftsmanship.”

The industry employs more than seven million people, a vast segment of which is the craftspeople in rural & semi-urban areas, he said, expressing happiness that the handicraft industry in India is dominated by female artisans who form over 56% of the total artisans.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal, awardees from across India and other dignitaries were present at the ceremony.

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