The National Awards for craftsmen was introduced during the year 1965 and later the same was extended to weavers also. National Awards are being conferred to the Crafts-persons and weavers in recognition of their outstanding contribution, craftsmanship & development of craft. There shall be a maximum of 40 National awards and 40 National Merit certificates in a year. This recognition will encourage them to continue with the craft in a more enthusiastic and productive manner and will ultimately encourage other emulate them.