About

The Repository of Indian Textiles and Crafts is a national knowledge portal titled Bharatiya Vastra Shilpa Kosh created to collect, organise, digitally preserve, aggregate and disseminate interrelated information on Indian traditional textiles and crafts globally. This information repository is an attempt to showcase and celebrate the long and varied tradition of textiles and crafts in India.

It will digitally archive both tangible and intangible knowledge resources on indigenous and contemporary textiles and crafts, research related to textiles and apparel, designer and artisan database, virtual museum, events and exhibitions. ‘The Repository-Indian Textiles & Crafts’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India being funded by the Offices of the Development Commissioners (Handlooms & Handicrafts) under the Craft Cluster Initiative of the NHDP programme.

Vision

The repository is envisioned as a digital knowledge platform bringing together a huge community of learners by providing them content through a national and global networked infrastructure. Its vision is to offer rapid and open access to relevant data in the field of traditional and contemporary textiles and crafts. It is envisaged to become state-of-the-art digital ecosystem architecture that can play a transformative role in preserving and promoting the Indian textiles and crafts worldwide and facilitate scholarly communication.

The repository developed using state-of-the-art digital ecosystem architecture, will not only play a transformative role in preserving and promoting the Indian textiles and crafts worldwide but will also serve as a reservoir of knowledge for academicians, students, scholars, designers, artisans, art enthusiasts and the general public.