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About Craft Revival Trust


The Craft Revival Trust (CRT) set up in 1999 is a registered non-profit that is mandated on the principal that access to knowledge and its dissemination forms the vital core of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. CRT believes that this investment empowers and strengthens the cultural diversity of individuals, communities and societies.

CRT’s mandate is manifest through 6 main routes :


Asia InCH Encyclopedia: Encyclopedia of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Asia InCH Encyclopedia and Archive started almost two decades ago is the widest and most in-depth encyclopedia of the ICH of traditional arts, crafts and textiles of India and 7 other countries across the South-Asian region -

India InCH: Address Directory: Traditional Craftspeople, Weavers, Artists Across India

A comprehensive database of over 70,000 traditional artisans, weavers, artists working in more than 2500 categories are listed on India InCH -

Global InCH Journal: International Journal of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Craft Revival Trust is now publishing the online quarterly- Global InCH Journal. With a distinguished galaxy of contributors, the Global InCH Journal chronicles living traditions and the issues that impact the wide domain of intangible heritage - www.globalinch.

Advocacy and Policy

Craft Revival Trust has brought greater attention to bear on the concerns of ICH by providing exploratory and supportive policy engagement at all levels.CRT has developed field-research based policy recommendations, build networks of relevant players around key bottlenecks, engaged with other forums to spur policy reforms and reached out to the general public to raise awareness. CRT’s inputs at policy meetings in India and overseas form part of its core work.


CRT is represented on several policy-making bodies both in India and overseas for the strategic development of ICH.


CRT bridges the information gap by engaging in commissioned consultancies that is supported by on-the-ground research and a fund of domain knowledge.


Platforms of Dialogue and Discussion

CRTs seminars, public lectures and exhibitions include a continuing series of dialogues, discussions, round-tables on issues from culture, heritage, development, policy to empowerment. This public outreach has been supported by an over decade long collaboration with the India International Centre, New Delhi. Over 140 programs have been held since 2006.

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