About us

National Design Centre is a service oriented government cooperation which was established under National Craft Council and Consolidated Company’s Act No 35 of 1982 and commenced its operation in 1983 under the purview of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce with the prime objectives of developing the Indigenous Craftsmen.

Our Vision

Making the handicraft sector, a more dynamic and viable, economic sector through market oriented design development and introducing creative new designs.


Promote, develop, build capacity, popularize and mainstream market oriented creative designs in line with global and Local Market trends.


  • Upgrade existing products of handicraft producers and develop and introduce new design concepts targeting the current market trends in the local and export market.
  • Conduct research programmes with scientific and technical institutions to introduce appropriate technology to improve quality standards and production capacity.
  • Provide advanced skills development, technical and design development training to uplift the handicraft sector by enhancing the income.
  • Provide common facility services to craftsmen and small scale entrepreneurs by facilitating them to use appropriate technology.
  • Provide information and assistance to carry out market promotions to craftsmen, traders and others in the field of handicraft sector.
  • Provide design consultancy services to public and other sector institutions.
  • Conduct design education programmes to produce design professionals.

Thrust Areas

  1. Market oriented designs and value added creative product development.
  2. Training, technology transfer and capacity development of Craftsmen and Designers in new designs.
  3. Market Promotion of New Designs.
  4. Information, feedback, Research and Development.
  5. Consultancy Services.


Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen
Hon. Minister
Ministry of Industry and Commerce


Hon. Champika Premadasa
Hon. State Minister
Ministry of Industry and Commerce