Assam Apex Weavers & Artisans Co-operative Federation Ltd. (ARTFED) was formed on 27th July 1977 by reorganizing the Assam Apex Weavers Co-operative Society Ltd. with the aims and objects that the Apex Society shall organize Handloom Weaving and other Cottage Industries in the state on Co-operative basis. The area of operation of this Apex Co-operative Federation is in the entire state of Assam. The Federation has now 16 districts and 988 number of primary level Co-operative as its members. The Co-operative Federation is creating employment opportunities to lakhs of weavers and artisans in Handloom Weaving as well as in Handicrafts activities throughout the year. The Federation is also bearing responsibilities for social development of weavers and Artisans of the State apart from economic development.