High on handicraft
The annual fair of artisans from across the country, Shilpostav 2014, started off at Dilli Haat yesterday. Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Sudhir Bhargava inaugurated the ten-day festival that will continue till 10 November.
Speaking on the occasion the Secretary said that for the progress of any section of the society, they should become financially independent. The Ministry of SJE is working towards empowering marginalised and disadvantaged artisans and in continuance of this Shilpostav 2014 has been organised.
The Secretary further added that there are 160 stalls where in artisans assisted by the Apex corporations i.e. National Backward Classes Finance Development Corporation (NBCFDC), National Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), National SafaiKaramchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and National Trust will display and sell their products. The National Institutes under the Ministry is also showcasing their schemes and facilities.
The range of products in this fair includes - silk sarees, durries, readymade garments, terracotta product, jute products, dress material, Kashmiri shawls/stoles, leather, cane and bamboo products, hand embroidery, bead products, pearls, imitation jewellery, lakh products, decorative candles, wood carving, block printing, wooden toys, tie and dye, wood, marble artifacts, handloom etc.
To entertain the gathering, a daily cultural presentation by top-notch performers is also organised.