Handicraft and Handlooms

Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the State's traditional art & craft, the DHH is a store house of hand-woven woolen carpets, with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls and exquisitely carved 'Choktse' or table and many other gift items. Visiting hours are Monday to Saturday from 0930 hours to 1230 hours and 1300 hours to 1600 hours. This sales emporium remains open throughput the year. Though locally made handicrafts are also available at M.G. Marg, Lai Market and along the National Highway yet one can see the craftsman at work at this center. Wooden, woolen, metal, bamboo work are on display for the tourist and are for sale.

The main emporium of Directorate of Handloom & Handicrafts is located at a convenient place at 'Zero' Point in the capital city. Most of the handloom and handicraft items produced in the state are beautifully showcased here. These are, thanka paintings, carpets, handlooms, wooden carved and painted items, wooden masks, cane and bamboo works, traditional hats and caps, multi-craft items, embroidered products and stuffed dolls.

The Directorate has 28 centers all over the state and also one emporium in Sikkim House, New Delhi. Apart from training talented persons in art and crafts, the Directorate also helps in preserving and keeping alive the marvellous cultural heritage of Sikkim. In addition, it takes part in the exhibitions and fairs all over, thus extending help in not only popularization of local art and crafts but also in their marketing. Upon gaining confidence out of such experiences, some of the craftsmen are not only benefiting financially but a few of them have also opened their own websites.