Business enquiries worth Rs 2700 crore are generated as curtains are drawn today to mark the closing of 40th edition of IHGF Delhi fair organised at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) – the nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts in the country.
“Over 7300 trade visitors including International buyers, buying agents, domestic volume retailers interacted India’s handicraft sector making it the world’s largest fair of Indian handicrafts, home, lifestyles and fashion products”, informed Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH.
Since the inaugural edition held in 1994 with 313 exhibitor covering an area of 5,500 sqm the show has come a long way as in its 40th edition the IHGF Delhi Fair played host to over 2750 exhibitors spread over 1,90,000 sqm area, more than 1600 product lines and styles at state-of-the art India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida. The spectacular display of traditional Indian art and craft mesmerized overseas volume buyers from more than 110 countries.
More than 1600 types of products including house ware, tableware, kitchenware, hotel ware, home furnishing, home textiles, linens and madeups, were on display. The prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for best display and design were presented in 10 product categories by Bhagwat Saran Gangwar, Minister of State for SSI & EP, UP, JK Dadoo, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Commerce and Textiles, Government of India and Dr Rajneesh Dubey, Principle Secretary Industries, were also present during the award ceremony.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts [EPCH] which is a nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts has been organising the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair for the last