Kerala Arts and Crafts Village Organization (KACV) from Kovalam, Kerala was awarded the ‘International Craft Award for 2021’ for the best craft village in the world by the World Crafts Council International. It is the only award India received in the non-individual category. The KACV was established by the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society (UL CCS) for the State Tourism Department of Kerala. In 2021, the Village of the Year award was won by ‘Kraf Komuniti Ku’ in Malaysia.
|Category of the award
|Craft Icon of the Year
|Chandramali Liyangane of the National Crafts Council, Sri Lanka.
|Sustainable Development & Social Inclusion in the Handicrafts Sector
|Malaysian Prison Department
|Craft Persons of the Year
|Shahrbanoo Arabian (Iran) and Dalavayi Kullayappa (India)
|Craft Designers of the Year
|Zohra Said (Morocco) and Ismario Ismael (Mexico)
|Next Generation Craft Designers of the year
|Qiling Zhang (China) and Mubin Khatri (India)
|The Master Artisans
|Amita Sachdeva (India) and Mubarik Khatri (India)