Craft Development Institute:

The Craft Development Institute (CDI) adopts a holistic approach to handicrafts development by maximizing the potential of skill-based activities, in as many ways as possible. Located in Srinagar, CDI draws inspiration from the rich heritage of arts and crafts in Jammu & Kashmir and brings together various stakeholders, individuals and agencies working in the sector to co-partner in implementing a sustainable development process. CDI endeavours to create new avenues for innovation and entrepreneurship in handicrafts. CDI offers full-fledged professional educational programmes for young people who seek careers/entrepreneurial opportunities in the handicrafts sector. The Institute also co-participates in mentoring new generation artisans through skill-based training and workshops. Additionally, CDI helps regional crafts people to adopt mainstream requirements of quality and production while also assisting them to meaningfully translate contemporary design/market trends, and issues of standards, certifications and compliances.
CDI, Srinagar is an autonomous Institute established by the office of DC-Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and the Department of Industries & Commerce (Directorate of Handicrafts), Government of Jammu & Kashmir. Established in February 2004, CDI is managed by an Executive Committee headed by the commissioner Secretary (Industries & Commerce), Government of Jammu & Kashmir