Amidst great fervour, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts’ 41st edition of IHGF Delhi Fair (Spring) 2016 came to an end on Tuesday, where a spectacular display of products intrigued the buyers.
Business enquiries worth Rs 1625 crores were generated. “Over 4700 trade visitors including International buyers, buying agents, domestic volume retailers interacted with over 2800 exhibitors making it the largest fair of home, lifestyles and fashion products and the most sought after one-stop platform to source Indian handicrafts,” said Rakesh Kumar, chairman-IEML and ED-EPCH. A buyer Ipek Taneri from Turkey said, “This is the first time that I have visited this fair. I was not expecting such a big exhibition, but what I see here is surprising. I have placed few sample orders as of now. I plan to visit this Fair in the coming years as well.”
More than 2000 types of products including houseware, tableware, kitchenware, hotelware, home furnishing, home textiles, linens, festive décor; with products for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s day, Birthday were on display.
Fashion jewellery, bags, scarves, ties, luggage, leather bags, cases, furniture, hardware and accessories, carpets, rugs and floorings, bathroom accessories, spa and wellness products, candles, incense, burners, potpourri and aromatics, stationery, handmade paper items, greeting cards, lamps, chandeliers, lampshades, lanterns, decorative articles, garden ornaments and lawn accessories were displayed. Sustainable products such as jute, cane, bamboos, natural fibres, hand woven mats, educational games, trophies, games, toys were also on display.
Various informative seminars were held on topics such as positioning of North Eastern Region handicrafts in domestic and overseas markets, clean technology for metalware industries in Moradabad, Trends & forecast for Spring Summer 2017, necessary compliances in handicrafts sector, Timber Legality Assessment and verification scheme, Green sustainable products – trends and forecast, increase in exports through effective use of digital medium, exploring new markets for development and promotion of exports of Indian handicrafts and exploring European market for outdoor furniture during the four-day event.
While welcoming the retailers and e-commerce leaders during panel discussion, Kumar said: “The handicrafts sector has a lot of variety of products and I am sure that after the visit to the fair the panelist would really make up their mind to concentrate in this sector in a big way which can really become one of the profit centres for them in their stores.
“The handicrafts in the present scenario are not merely products made out of the clay, iron or some other material but it is now being introduced by the best and renowned brand of the world in entire home, lifestyle, fashion and gifts segment and handicrafts exporters should seriously look into domestic market too along with overseas markets.”
The spectacular display of traditional Indian art and craft mesmerised overseas volume buyers from more than 110 countries like USA, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Algeria, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bahamas, Botswana, Belgium, Cameron & Central Africa, Canada, Croatia, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungry, Hong Kong, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Ghana, Italy, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kenya, Kuwait, Latavia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, Mauritius, Morocco, Muscat, Namibia, Newzeland, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Congo, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore and Indian volume retail visitors have visited the show.
The fair has become a one stop sourcing destination for major International brands like Bloomingdales, Macy, K-Mart, Wall Mart, Pier 1, Mark and Spencers, Woolworth, Karstadt, Peek and Cloppen Berg, Carrefour, hobby lobby.