The Samiti conceived of and worked for the establishment of an innovative marketing infrastructure for traditional artisans known as Dilli Haat. It was set up in 1994 jointly by Delhi Tourism (Govt of Delhi), the Ministry of Textiles (Govt of India), and the New Delhi Municipal Corporation. This crafts marketplace is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional village market. Participants stay only for a fortnight, enabling a kaleidoscope of products throughout the year. Dilli Haat has enabled over 75,000 small crafts producers to conduct direct sales of crafts and handloom textiles to over 2 million customers in fifteen years. The Government of India has since adopted Dilli Haat as a model to be replicated in 30 cities across India. It has become an extremely popular landmark of the capital city and is a major achievement of the Samiti in its efforts to expand markets for crafts.


Haats have been established in the following cities:-

Jaipur, Ahmadabad, Kashmir, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Shilparaman, Hyderabad, Mysore


Crafts Council of Sri Lanka and UNESCO have used the Dastkari Haat Samiti’s expertise to model Colombo Pola on the Dilli Haat Concept. Concept papers have been sought by Nepal and South Africa.


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