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Indian handicrafts exports up 16pc in April, boosted by US demand

India’s handicrafts exports grew by 16 percent to USD179 million in April compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year, based on growing demand from the US. The exports stood at USD154.78 million in April 2009.

Among the items that registered a healthy growth are costume jewellery that grew by 21 percent, followed by wood wares by 20.66 percent, shawls (as art wares) by 18.39 percent, zari and zari (fine gold or silver thread embroidery) goods by 16.67 percent and art metal ware by 14.32 percent.