India's handicrafts exports grew about 11 per cent year-on-year to USD 178 million in June this year, despite weak demand in western markets like Europe.
In June 2012, these exports stood at USD 161 million, according to the data provided by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
"There has been an increase in the number of orders from emerging markets like China, Latin America and Africa," an EPCH official said.
He said that the US market has started picking up, but the demand is still sluggish in European countries.
The US and Europe together account for about 60 per cent of the country's total handicraft shipments.
Among the items that registered increase in June 2013, imitation jewellery saw the highest growth of 42.3 per cent, followed by shawls as artwares about 40 per cent and hand printed textiles 35.7 per cent.
During April-June 2013, handcrafted items grew about 12.5 per cent to USD 665 million compared to the same period last fiscal.
The country's total handicraft exports have met the target of USD 3.3 billion for 2012-13.The handicraft sector employs one million people. Moradabad, Jaipur, Saharanpur and Jodhpur are the major handicraft hubs in the country catering to global markets.