Traditional Art Entrepreneurship Summit 

Strengthening Artisan Entrepreneurship in India with self-sustaining initiatives



Artisan Sector in India

In India alone, over 200 million livelihoods are directly or indirectly linked to the artisan economy. This sector is a primarily rural, informal and creativity-led landscape. It also has a very high concentration of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that drive labour-intensive and skill-intensive employment.


To provide a platform for the empowerment of Indian artisans, with a special focus on women, by organizing a variety of events such as workshops, lectures, conferences, folk art festivals, travelling exhibitions, funding, and collaborations. Through these initiatives, we aim to promote and support the Indian artisan sector.


The ‘UK India Dosti Folk Art Festival’ is a part of TAES2022 – ‘UK India Dosti’, the 3rd edition of TAES that is scheduled to be held from 18th July 2022 to 24th March 2023. The festival is inspired by India’s ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, 75th Independence Anniversary of India, and the rural women artists of India who have shown remarkable resilience in continuing the heritage tradition despite the pandemic’s devastating effects.

TAES2018 Gandhi Shilp Bazaar

A collaborative effort and a unique partnership model to bring together different stakeholders for the ultimate goal of empowering the artisan economy of India and increasing India’s share in global handmade demands.

TAES2017 Alliance Artisan of India

TAES is an initiative to empower the artisan enterprises of India, which directly impact- Rural artisans, women and India’s intangible cultural heritage. Artisan entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, art lovers, women entrepreneur and students.

TAES: An Initiative by MITHILAsmita

“Traditional Artists are true living bridge between our past and future. They deserve dignity and respect, not sympathy.”

Ihitashri Shandilya, Founder MITHILAsmita