January 26: The global import of handcrafted artworks in 2018 was worth US$ 453.6 million (Rs 51.71 billion), according to ITC Trade Map. Developed countries are the chief importers of these artifacts.
Nepal has also been exporting such artworks occasionally. However, the export of handcrafted artworks has not been consistent. Despite such a huge global market for such crafts, Nepal has not been able to benefit from this product due to lack of long-term policy on production and export of handcrafted artworks.
Nepal’s handcrafted artworks have their own uniqueness, and the country can establish its own brand in the international market.
The government should ensure preservation of art and culture and focus on institutional development of this form of art to promote its export.