Cluster Detail
Goa     North Goa     South Goa


A cluster is defined as a geographic concentration (city/town/few adjacent villages and their adjoining areas) of units producing near similar products and facing common opportunities and threats. An artisan cluster is defined as geographically concentrated (mostly in villages/townships) household units producing handicraft/handloom products. In a typical cluster, such producers often belong to a traditional community, producing the long-established products for generations. Indeed, many artisan clusters are centuries old Artisan.

About South Goa Cluster:-

South Goa Cluster falls under Goa State in North Goa district.

The South Goa cluster is able to form 250 plus Artisans & 15 SHGs supporting the strong work force. The mobilization gains momentum day by day.



Grass, Leaf, Reed and Fiber:-

Goa produces beautiful, decorative and utility items made out of coconut fiber. Apart from consuming the coconut in the meals it has done wonders to earn livelihood for the local artists. Artists prepare decorative to utility items from the shells and its fiber. Brooms are well prepared and have a good life span and don’t produce any dust out of it. Locals have been using spoons or davlo as locally called and other vessels made out of shells .These are safe to use.

Boats and outriggers are also prepared which involves lot of manual labor and skilled art. Today there is great demand of fashionable coconut jewelry along with decorative items such as masks, bags, candle stands, purses etc.The subtropical region of Asia, specially India, Bangladesh and China is most popular for Jute. Jute craft is most popular in this region and is derived from the fibre of a reed like plant. The warm humid climate of West Bengal with plenty of rainfall is best suited for this plant. The plant grows to a height of 3-4 meters and takes upto six months to mature. Jute is the second most popular natural plant fibre and is available in abundance.

Once the plant is ready for harvesting, it is cut very close to the ground and left in the ground for a day or two when the leaves fall off. The cut plant is then absorbed and dipped in water to separate the fibre from the plant. This process is known as retting. The, thus separated Jute is dried and given various forms. The fiber is knit into threads. Sometimes the threads are weaved to make rags and cloths. The cleaned fibre, the threads and the rags all are used to make beautiful craft products like the bags, rags, carpets, hangings, footwear, coasters, jewelry, show pieces, etc. Some very fine quality jute is also used to make furnishing material and dresses.


Raw Materials Used :-


The villages of  Goa are full of Palm trees, coconut, date and Palmyra. Palm is the major source of raw material for preparing baskets and related products. Other raw materials like bamboo, cane, grasses, fibers and reeds are also used in making baskets, thatch, ropes, mats and many other things.



The jute fiber comes from the stem and ribbon (outer skin) of the jute plant. The fibers are first extracted by retting. The retting process consists of bundling jute stems together and immersing them in low, running water. There are two types of retting: stem and ribbon. After the retting process, stripping begins. Women and children usually do this job. In the stripping process, non-fibrous matter is scraped off, then the workers dig in and grab the fibers from within the jute stem.

Jute bags are used for making fashion bags & promotional bags. The eco-friendly nature of jute makes its ideal for corporate gifting.

Jute floor coverings consist of woven and tufted and piled carpets. Jute Mats and matting’s with 5/6 mts width and of continuous length are easily being woven in Southern parts of India, in solid and fancy shades, and in different weaves like, Boucle, Panama, Herringbone, etc.Jute Mats & Rugs are made both through Power loom & Handloom, in large volume from Kerala, India. The traditional Satranji mat is becoming very popular in home décor.Jute non-wovens and composites can be used for underlay, linoleum substrate, and more.
Thus, jute is the most environment-friendly fibre starting from the seed to expired fibre, as the expired fibres can be recycled more than once.



The practical course is to introduce modernization of technique and improve the skills and make the worker capable of enhancing his productivity and his earnings so as to enable him to meet at least the basic necessities of life and come out of the clutches of poverty within reasonable time.


How to Reach:-

Goa is well connected by flights to most major cities in India. All major flights, national and international, operate to and from the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the port town of Vasco-da-Gama, 30 kms from Panaji.Goa is connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad, Tirupati via Londa junction on the Mirage-Bangalore sector of south central railway, and to Mumbai, and Mangalore on the Konkan Railway. Convenient stations are Margao/Vasco and Karmali.Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to important towns/cities within the state and also to neighboring states. There are regular bus services from Panaji and Vasco da Gama to several important places in the state and also to the nearby states.


About Implementing Agency

Goa     North Goa     Omkar Arts & Crafts Association