The northeast states in India are home to diverse ethnic communities who excel in bamboo and cane crafts. Often located in remote villages these communities lack access to commercial urban markets. Economic growth suffers and the community fails to translate its crafts into a successful enterprise. This paper presents design-led interventions that were initiated by a design team amongst such remotely located craft communities in the northeastern hill state of Meghalaya, India. ‘Restrained Technology Intervention’ (RTI) model was adopted that enhanced productivity and quality standards but retained the skill sets of the artisan community. A comprehensive community development plan was outlined that included skill assessment, craft training programs in productivity enhancement methods following the RTI approach. A branding and online marketing plan were developed which considered employment opportunities for the educated unemployed youth of the state.