A Miniature Sheet consisting of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM), one of the largest crafts museums in India :
Issued on Dec 21, 2010
Issued for : India Post is proud to release a set of commemorative postage stamps on Crafts museum.
Design : We have tried to create a diasporas through sets of two stamps along with mini-sheet depicting different art forms like Madhubani painting & terracotta, stone & wood carving, metal work, paper machie etc.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million each
Miniature Sheets : 0.2 Million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- The Crafts Museum was established in 1956 as a resource centre for traditional Indian handicrafts and hand looms. The aim of setting up the museum was not merely to preserve Indian art or ethnography, but also to build a collection of craft specimens, which would serve as source material for the revival, reproduction and development of crafts. The Museum was shifted from Thapar House to its present premises in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in 1979-80, is a subordinate office under the Development Commissioner for, Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
- The museum has a collection of 32000 artefacts. The Museum’s Village Complex, comprising of 14 huts and courtyards of different States as well as three open theatres is a replica of rural India. The Crafts Museum has five theme based permanent galleries, namely, Bhuta Sculpture Gallery, Folk & Tribal Gallery and Reference Collection. Fifty Craftsmen including folk performers are invited every month in the Crafts Demonstration Programme from various States to display their respective crafts through live demonstration and also simultaneously offer their exquisite products for sale.
- Research and Development has been a regular activity of the Crafts Museum. Students from Schools and Colleges are invited to acquaint themselves with the Handicrafts and Handlooms of India under the educational programme. It has been observed that this unique Museum is serving all sections of society, including foreign visitors interested in India’s rich heritage. The Museum has completed 53 years of glorious service in the field of Handicrafts & Handlooms. The Museum has rendered yeoman service in the promotion of Indian heritage and culture.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.