NEW DELHI, India — Indian craftsman A.K. Vadavaj, who won a £150 million bid for his wares at auction, said he will use the money to buy a new house in India.
Vamman, who was a student at the Royal Institute of Technology, was working in India in the late 1970s and 1980s, making handmade jewelry, scarves and other items.
He also helped develop the Indian state of Maharashtra and a countrywide jewelry industry.
Vemavaj said he plans to donate the money, to be used for a new home in India, to the National Centre for Crafts.
He plans to use the funds to start a family in the country.
He said he has already made a small dent in his savings, which he will spend on buying a house.
“I am hoping to invest a small amount in the house, and have a small down payment in the purchase of the house,” Vemvaj said.
Vampark, a former jewelry maker and an associate of the Indian Crafts Association of India, said the win was a “game changer” for India’s textile industry.
“This is a major development for our industry, it is the first time a successful bid was made for a handmade garment,” Vamparks head of operations, Prasanth Choudhary, said.
The National Centre is an Indian agency that promotes the growth of the craft of weaving, needlework, metalworking, embroidery, leatherwork, furnituremaking, carpentry, and other artisanal professions.
“The textile industry is one of the most promising sectors in the Indian economy, and we are looking forward to seeing more projects like this in the future,” Vamavaj’s sister, Gopal, told the Associated Press.
She said Vampak had a lot of friends in the industry, and he was a very dedicated craftsman.
He made more than 1,000 handmade garments.
The Vampkarn family has an extensive collection of handcrafted pieces, including traditional clothes and jewelry.
Gopal said she and Vampkar were very proud of the auction.
“He was really proud of what he did, and what he achieved.
He was also very humble and wanted to help people and be part of the fabric of the country,” Gopal Vampolkar said.
India’s garment industry was founded in the early 1900s, when people started working in factories and in workshops.
They worked at the same time with cloth weaving, weaving textile and leatherworking.
About 1.3 million people are employed in India’s weaving industry, but only 1.5 million textile workers are in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.N. World Trade Organization estimates the number of women and girls working in the textile industry in India at about 60 percent.