IHGF reflects upon Indian art and culture

Handicrafts and Gifts Fair kicks off in Noida, over 3000 exhibitors on board

The export promotion council for handicrafts recently organised the 44th edition of Indian Handicrafts and Gift Fair (IHGF), Delhi (autumn) 2017. The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the IHGF – Delhi Fair Autumn 2017 handicrafts and gifts fair, which took place at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, during October 12 – 16, 2017. The main aim of the fair was to promote exports of Indian handicrafts and increase employment opportunities for artisans.

Smriti Irani on the occasion commended that Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) for the promotion of exports of handicrafts. The Minister further applauded EPCH for its education scheme which provides full educational support to the children of artisans through open schools. She said that the “Design Register”scheme, which allows hassle-free registration of designs by member exporters is going generate employment opportunities in the handicrafts sector. She added that EPCH has effectively promoted and educated the artisans in Nort-East regions.

Also at the 44th IHGF-Delhi, minister of state for ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Giriraj Singh visited the fair and emphasized the importance of handicraft sector as one of the largest employment provider in country.

“There’s a need for co-ordinated effort amongst stakeholders in handicraft sector to increase market share of India in global handicraft exports,” said Singh.

Buyers from more than 100 countries are said to have sourced products for home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles in the five-day IHGF-Delhi fair. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH during the inaugural ceremony Informed that around 2,980 exhibitors are on board in this year’s edition of the expo.

These exhibitors are from different categories including fashion, lifestyle, home, textiles and furniture. The event expects a footfall of over 6,000 buyers from 110 countries, the Ministry notified Products on display included houseware, gift items, decoratives, furniture, garden and outdoor articles, bathroom accessories, home furnishing, carpets, floor accessories, lamps and lighting, fashion jewellery and accessories, etc. Buyers including wholesalers, distributors, chain stores, departmental stores, retailers, brand owners, buying houses and designers were also in major form during the fair.

“The overseas buyers from over 100 countries including Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, USA, UAE and Zimbabwe visited the show,” the fair’s organiser Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts said.’’
The Fair is held twice a year and this year the Autumn Edition of the Fair has surpassed previous Fairs in all respects. The fair is organised by EPCH – Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.

The Handicrafts exports during the year 2016-17 was Rs.24,392.39 crores with overall 13.15% increase in comparison to last year. However, the exports of handicrafts during six months of the current financial year 2017-18 is Rs. 12520.32 crore. This Fair has become a major marketing platform to boost exports of small and medium entrepreneurs of the handicraft sector.

IHGF Delhi Fair will return to the India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR, India for its Spring 2018 edition, scheduled from 23rd to 27th February, 2018. While India’s top manufacturers, exporters and artisan groups queue up to be amongst the nearly 3000 participants in the forthcoming edition of this distinguished sourcing show, overseas buyers too are expected to turn out in large numbers. Visitors to the fair also get access to the 900 permanent showrooms in the Mart, spaced out on four levels at the India Expo Centre.

Spring 2018 would see significant expansion in all categories with a promising assortment of creations, varied in inspiration, processes and materials – art metal ware, EPNS ware, wood carvings, furniture & accessories, glassware, fashion jewellery & accessories, hand-printed textiles, shawls, stoles & scarves, embroidered goods, lace, toys, houseware, decorative, gifts & general handicrafts, home textiles and home accessories, candles & incense, pottery, terracotta & ceramics, nautical instruments, Christmas and floral decorations, dry flowers & potpourri, handmade paper products, crafts made of leather, lacquer, marble, etc. offering unparalleled access to exhibitors drawn from all major manufacturing hubs, artisan clusters and craft pockets of India.

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