According to the Handicraft Directorate, the wealth created by the handicraft sector in Madagascar accounts for about 11% of national GDP, employs about two million and a half people (14% of active population). Thus, handicraft activities involve an important part of population, namely in rural areas.
Twelve value chains are currently identified :
Textile and apparel (39.5%) : embroidery, cutting and sewing, silk weaving, hat making industry, ready made clothing making, lace making, knitting, fashion styling ;
Plant fibers (12.1%) : Antaimoro paper, basketry, bamboo weaving, raphia, weaving, tapestry work and fibers;