• Karnataka State Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd
  • ( A Govt of Karnataka Undertaking )

Karnataka State Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd

( A Goverment of Karnataka Undertaking )

About Us

Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking) was established in the year 1964 under Companies Act 1956.

The objective of the corporation is to preserve, develop and promote handicrafts. Government of India and Government of Karnataka are the share holders in the organization.

Karnataka State is richly endowed with widely practiced, accepted and acclaimed crafts since time immemorial. The major crafts are sandalwood carvings, rosewood inlay, channapatna lacquer ware & toys, Mysore traditional paintings, bidri ware, kinhal toys, Navalgund durries, stone carvings, other wood carvings, traditional jewellery, mirror and embroidery, banana fiber, terracotta, bronze icons, Pile carpets and many more



  • Dr. Rajvir Prathap Sharma, IPS, ADGP

    Managing Director, KSHDCL

    " KSHDC is popularly known as ‘Cauvery’ and is also branded as ‘Cauvery.’ It has been a pioneer institution in the field of Handicrafts for more than five decades. It traces its origin from the days of Mysore Royalty in the year 1915, and it was formally incorporated in the year 1964.

    Conceptually, it had never been a trading organisation rather than promoter of Arts & Handicrafts.

    The various awards in the field of Handicrafts at the National level are the products of patronage of KSHDC.

    Earnest efforts to protect the different disciplines of handicrafts of Karnataka is the bottom line and from there its peak is reflected in the form of 13 craft complexes, 10 Emporia and more than 2800 artisans registered with the corporation.

    The peak is being further elevated with the new project of captive sandalwood production under the project, “Chandanavana”.

    The production skills of the artisans are demonstrated through live showrooms at all craft centers. This generates zero tolerance towards imperfection.

    The faith and patronage received by Cauvery is a golden example of sublime efforts by its employees and artisans. We owe to demand this patronage relentlessly from our patrons not only from india but from overseas as well