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Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms

Directorate of Handicrafts & HandloomsGangtok, East Sikkim District

Sikkim University

About College

Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms is the recent name given to the old Handloom and Handicrafts Centre of Sikkim. Located at a distance of half kilometer from the main market of Gangtok, the centre is also known as the Government Institute of Cottage Industries (GICI). The Institute was founded during the reign of the Chogyals of Sikkim. The undertaking started with the intention to preserve and propagate the art & craft skills of the local artisans.

The Institute is an authentic warehouse of traditional handicrafts and handlooms that are exceptional to Sikkim. Here, you can see hand-woven carpets with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls (in Lepcha weaves), 'thangka' paintings, graceful 'Choktse' (hand carved foldable tables), hand-painted masks, dolls and many other objects. Established in 1957, the Directorate has an emporium from where you can buy every kind of handicraft at nominal price.


    Computer Centre,
    Seminar Hall,
    Co-curricular Facilities,

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