The Repository – Textiles & Crafts project sanctioned by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, aims to develop one-of-a-kind national knowledge portal in the form of an integrated system that will lay down a framework to weave the past and present status of textile, clothing and related crafts with focus on futuristic developments. The project endeavours to disseminate historical and contemporary information and narratives on Indian textiles, clothing and crafts to a global audience comprising research scholars, craft enthusiasts and relevant industry. The digital portal will also provide access to vast database including research papers, case studies, dissertations and doctoral theses on textiles, clothing and craft related areas. It will serve as a one stop resource, providing information on new developments and current events relating to textiles and crafts.
The Repository of Indian Textiles and Crafts (RTC) or Bharatiya Vastra evam Shilpa Kosh developed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) for the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and was launched on the National Handloom Day 2023, i.e., 07th August, 2023, by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The repository has been created to collect, organise, digitally preserve, aggregate, and disseminate interrelated information on Indian traditional textiles and crafts globally. This information repository is an initiative to showcase and celebrate the long and varied traditions of textiles and crafts in India. It is a one-of-a-kind national knowledge portal that lays down a framework to weave the past and present status of Indian textiles and crafts with a focus on futuristic developments. The project has been implemented by the National Institute of Fashion Technology under the Craft Cluster Initiative of the NHDP programme of DC (Handlooms & Handicrafts).