Hunar-a-Banaras is a registered non-profit company under Section 8 (1) of the Companies Act, 2013, in India. Hunar-a-Banaras is an ICT-based E-Commerce platform that helps promote the Varanasi Textile industry, Handicraft, Entrepreneurship, E-commerce, digital marketing, and skill enhancement. Hunar-a-Banaras is founded by a team of professionals with extensive experience in the public sphere, academia, and social work. Our research and development team studies the production challenges faced by the handloom sector, such as the availability of raw materials, access to technology, product design flaws, quality control procedures, financial assistance, legal assistance, and international certifications.


Hunar-a-Banaras has been working since 2009 with the Sai Institute of Rural Development and Digital India Corporation in Coordination with other ministries. Now it is working autonomously as a Non-profit company under section 8(1) of the Companies Act, 2013, Govt.

Legal Status

(Non-profit Company under section 8 (1) of the Companies Act, 2013, Govt. of India)


Today, the handloom sector is one of the largest unorganized sectors in India, and it is an important part of the rural and semi-rural economy. We want to help artisans in the handicraft and textile industry by providing them with technical assistance and exposure to international markets to create sustainable livelihoods opportunity for the families working in this sector to preserve our culture and heritage.


The most significant impact on the handloom industry would be meeting the demands of the market. Hunar-a-Banaras is committed to preserving our rich culture and heritage, and we want to help artisans thrive by training them and providing them with the resources they need to be successful.

Hunar-A-Banaras Activities

The organization is working hard to develop the sector so that it can be as successful as possible. Artisans face many challenges when trying to grow their businesses, such as lack of funding, low penetration of technology, and a lack of market intelligence. However, they have the advantage of a well-developed institutional framework that can help them grow.

Hunar-a-Banaras is helping artisans/weavers from the handicraft and textile industries with skill development and capacity building through technological interventions, ultimately creating livelihood opportunities for families working in the industry and preserving our culture and heritage.


“Doing good does you good” the activities includes –

  • “Crafting A Future” covers not only Varanasi but also remote corners and obscure defences
  • Service and marketing support
  • To support quality and standard production
  • Support international packaging standard
  • Support in adoption of new technologies in production and packaging
  • Support in organizing craft booths and fairs in association with government agencies
  • Support to receive finished product orders and new products from domestic and international customers
  • Formation of cooperative associations for promotional activities
  • Hold promotional seminars and workshops to strengthen their skills
  • E-commerce portal to support brand building and product promotion

Board of Management

Governing Council Members

Sri Ajai Kumar Singh

Director – HAB
Founder & CEO of SIRD

Sri Harsh Kumar Singh

Director – HAB

Advisory Committee

Prof. Saket Kushvaha

Vice Chancellor
Rajiv Gandhi University
Iatanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Dr. Sangita Deodiya

Head, Dept. of Home Science
V.K.M. P.G. College
BHU, Varanasi

Dr. Anshu Shukla

Asstt. Professor
Deptt. of Home Science
VKM PG College-BHU, Varanasi

Sri Rajesh Bhatia

National Secretary
Indian Industries Association

Pooja Singh

Brand Ambassador

Team Member

Virendra Kumar Singh

Hunar-a-Banaras News Portal/App

Manisha Singh

Planning & Mobilization

Abul Arshi


Samreen Fatima