Caves of Ajanta and Ellora, temples of Konark and Khajuraho are rich examples of a resplendent past of Indian arts and crafts. These arts and crafts embody the essence of India. They are popular to the visitors and have been patronised by Kings and connoisseurs for centuries.
The Central Cottage Industries Emporium, popularly known as the Cottage is a mirror setting of handicrafts and handlooms, in the Indian art & craft scenario for over 50 years. It preserves and nurtures the rich heritage of a culture dating back to over 5000 years, unfolding a rich saga of breathtaking masterpieces by skilled artisans.
To preserve and share traditional craftsmanship globally, the Cottage was formed in the year 1948. It is a breathtaking showcase of handicrafts and handlooms sourced from all over the country from dedicated artisans famed nationally and internationally. Thus transforming itself into an effective and efficient enterprise to present a part of the dynamic Indian culture.
Over the last 50 years, the Emporium has attracted well-known personalities like Queen Elizabeth II of England, Queen Farah of Iran, Jacquiline Kennedy and a host of dignitaries from across the world. Today, the Cottage and its logo “The Bankura Horse” constitute a hallmark of tradition, quality and authenticity. It is a fair trading partner, with an overriding motto of servicing the interests of the craftsmen and availability of high quality product to its customers.