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Popularly known as the Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts Museum is a colorful amalgamation of the diverse culture and rich traditions of our country. Located in the far corner of the magnanimous Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the museum is a centre to exhibit varied specimens in handicrafts, textile and local decor. Designed by the prominent architect Charles Correa, the museum is currently under the management of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. At present, the museum houses over thirty-three thousand assorted collection of various crafts collected over a period of last 60 years from different states of India. A treasure trove of rich handloom and hand crafted products, the repository also has a sales section dedicated to satiate the visitors if they want to pick souvenirs.
The manifold collection inside the museum includes exhaustive textiles and fabrics, bronze and metal lamps, sculptures, wood carvings, bamboo crafts, terracotta figurines, tribal paintings etc. The centre was established with an objective to preserve, protect and revive the tradition of local handicrafts. Among the multiple galleries housed in the complex, the popular ones include Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture etc. Within the premises is also located a mini model of a village, spread over 5 acres of land. The village complex displays actual generic exhibits depicting the life of rural India. Besides, the museum also has a library, an auditorium, a research centre, and a laboratory.
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