The ongoing India International Trade Fair has a whole host of participants from across the globe thronging Pragati Maidan — bringing the best of products from their homeland. Countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, South Africa, Ghana, Republic of Belarus, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar have all put up stalls at Hall 6 and 18 with homegrown crafts and products.
Our neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan have brought their rich weaves and textiles and one can pick up (depending on the budget) designerwear and even local weaves. Karachi salwars and the latest fashion collections from different parts of Pakistan are all there. One could also find tables and crockery made from onyx and rich handcrafts from the tribal belts of Pakistan.
Bangladeshi saris, textiles and weaves are both colourful and quite cheap compared with its Indian counterparts. Their stall also has rich jute products like bags and home decor items on display.
When you enter Hall no. 18, you get to see colourful items from countries like Thailand. From hair accessories to small clips, brooches, to colourful lanterns, sandals, and pumps for as cheap as Rs 200— you can get them all here. Leather shoes cost between Rs 400 and Rs 700.
You can also buy interesting collections of wind chimes, jewelleries, stone ornaments, knits, cotton garments, pullovers for winters and other wollen items.
Sri Lanka exhibited a range of decorative artificial flowers and gems. Myanmar also had a rich display of stone and gemstones.
The Turkey stall was filled with a rich collection of lamps, ceramic pottery pieces priced at Rs 200 a piece. Paintings, calligraphy on metal, metal imagery of pyramids, of the Sphinx and dead Pharaohs all formed a part of the exhibition from Egypt.
Iran brought in dry fruits, saffron and sweets which the country is known for.
At the South Africa stall, there are colourful beaded ornaments, specially crafted and sculpted structures of birds, lamp shades, wall hangings, wooden pots, hand painted and beaded crockery, colourful dolls in South African tribal attires, masks, pillows, bags made out of waste, knitted crochets, frames, beaded cutleries and more.
The Ghana stall has wooden handicrafts, alongwith traditional masks and basket weaves on display.
Want home utility products? Head to the Hong Kong stall for mink blankets, cushion covers, bed spread and crockery.
Experiencing the culture of so many different countries, give your home a global touch at IITF. We would say you won't come back disappointed. But yes, load your purse before going.