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Celebrating Indian arts

Celebrating Indian arts
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The Indian Handicrafts Gifts Fair aims at providing a platform to the exporters and importers across the globe to conduct a fair business based on mutual interest.

Minister of State for Textile Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Professor Abhishek Mishra,  Secretary, Minister of Textile Zehra Chatterji also made their presence felt at the opening ceremony of the four day long fair.

Rao called a great initiative for the promotion of Indian exporters in the world. He said, ‘IHGF is not just an exhibition but an institution that supports the artisans and craftsmen from even the remotest area in the country and bring their talent on a global platform.’

‘Handicraft brings peace of mind and this feeling is important for a person to relax. We aim at promoting those talented people. There are 7 million artisans in the country. It is the responsibility of the government to promote their work.’

The IHGF that was initiated in 1994 has made its mark in the global market. More than 2600 exhibitors and 900 permanent mart owners exhibit their gift and handicraft items that attracts large number of buyers from overseas each year.

Mishra lauded the government for taking the initiative. ‘This exhibition is a very important exhibition in itself. It is the largest exhibition of handicrafts in the country. It is an aggregating platform and we are very happy that it has come to UP.’

‘Maximum number of exhibitors are from Uttar Pradesh. There are hard working craftsmen and artisans from Moradabad, Saharanpur, Benaras, Bhadoi. This exhibition is a gift for these talented people from the state and I feel honoured that the state government has given a platform to them’. The exhibition which is attended by thousands of buyers each year is a major attraction center for unique and innovative designer giftsware, furnishing, tableware, gardenware, fashion accessories and other decorative items.

This year the focus has been given to eco-friendly products made out of different raw material bases like cane and bamboo, wool, silk, wood, jute, coir, leather and textiles of natural fibre.
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