Plays vital role in boosting exports of handicrafts from India

Tamta, MOS Textiles also urged the handicrafts exporting community to take care of the artisans and crafts persons who are the backbone of this sector. Their children needs attention of all of us towards their education and family members need our support towards their health issues and said that EPCH is already working in this direction. He further said that Government of India is not only providing assistance to these craft persons in the form of subsidies through various scheme in minimising their expenditure but also on transport for bringing their products upto the common facility centres. Tamta also said that a portal of Government and handicrafts exporters is to be created in order to provide more and more assistance to these artisans on well-being of their children, families and education because their hard work is behind creating India’s image abroad as provider of exquisite handcrafted products.

Tamta appreciated the efforts of EPCH for ensuring a large participation with every edition and making it a much bigge how every year and also for setting up theme pavilions of North Eastern and Jodhpur/Barmer mega cluster in this fair. This effort of EPCH will not only be providing the employment and livelihood but also providing a marketing platform to the entrepreneurs and artisans to interact directly with the buying community of the world.

Through this platform, Tamta urged the EPCH and exporting community to be ready to represent India’s art and culture of different States of India in the Ambiente 2019 in which India

Recognized as the world’s largest congregation of handicraft exporters, this show is an unsurpassed meeting ground for the international gifting and lifestyle products industry. It has taken shape over 46 editions as a sought after sourcing event, encompassing the complete supply chain of home fashion & utility, collectibles, gifting and fashion accessories.

The recently concluded Autumn 2018 edition brought together 3200+ exhibitors with innovative collections highlighting skills & capabilities. Confirming to 14 different show sectors, the display was spread out in 15 expansive halls. This upsurge in participants was met with quality buyer traffic and contributed to a substantial amount of order placing and enquiries. Aptly timed at a sought after buying season, the show helped buyers carve out a substantial itinerary and plan their purchases.Buyers from all over the world with impressive numbers from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East and Asia, thronged the entire expanse of the plush India Expo Centre & Mart, venue for IHGF Delhi Fair.

Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Textiles, inaugurated the 46th edition of world’s largest IHGFDelhi Fair at state-of-the-art exhibition venue India Expo Centre & Mart at Greater Noida amidst the overseas buying community arrived in India to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products from more than 110 countries. The extravaganza of Indian handicrafts took place from 14 – 18th October, 2018.

The other dignitaries present during inauguration included Ram Muivah, IAS, Secretary, North Eastern Council, OP Prahladka, Chairman – EPCH, Jesmina Zeliang, President of the fair, Mohan Singh Bhati and Ahmed Akberali Sundrani, Vice Presidents of the fair, RK Passi, Vice Chairmen and Sagar Mehta -EPCH, Rakesh Kumar, ED, EPCH, foreign buyers and others.

While inaugurating the fair, Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Textiles said that this fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired a special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buying community finds this fair to be the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise. The reason behind its success is that fair is very useful both for buyers and sellers. Participation by over 3,200 exhibitors in this fair and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries shows its popularity amongst the Indian handicrafts exporting and importing community.

has been declared a partner country and it is a proud moment to showcase the diversity not of the Indian handicrafts but also different cultures, regions and raw materials available. We should tap this opportunity to increase our handicrafts exports.

While welcoming the Chief Guest, OP Prahladka Chairman – EPCH informed that IHGF-Delhi fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country. The handicrafts export was to the tune of Rs. 751.67 cr in 1993-94 when the fair was initiated. Even though there was decline in exports of handicrafts in the year 2017-18, the exports of handicrafts during first 6 months of 2018-19 amounting to Rs. 12,953 cr is on growing path with 7.82 per cent increase in rupee terms over the previous year and said that if the trend continue in next six months as well, target amounting to Rs. 26,500 fixed for the year will be achieved.

Rakesh Kumar, ED-EPCH, said IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn has the most extensive range of handcrafted products like home textiles, furnishings & made ups, carpets & rugs, floor coverings, houseware, decoratives, tableware, furniture, garden & outdoor, bathroom accessories, spa and wellness, lamps & lighting, Christmas & festive décor, handmade paper items, fashion jewellery, accessories, bags, clutches, purses and garments and facts & figures etc. The products on display are handcrafted catering to all segments of customers be it low, middle to top end customers. The range of products is large, varied and distinct.

IHGF Delhi Fair will return to the India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR, for its Spring 2019 edition, scheduled from 18th to 22nd February, 2019. While India’s top manufacturers, exporters and artisan groups queue up to be amongst the 3,000+ 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 2019 would see enriched display areas 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 jewelry & accessories, hand-printed textiles, shawls, stoles & scarves, embroidered goods, lace, toys, house ware, 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.

Theme Pavilions and regional representations would bring in opportunities to source directly from artisans and new entrepreneurs besides established exporters from these provinces. Facilitating lifestyle products sourcing from India, IHGF Delhi Fair has been providing an unmatched opportunity to importers, departmental store chains and specialty stores to meet a cross section of manufacturer exporters from India. Visiting buyers agree with the fact that Indian manufacturers fulfill demand for the exclusive, the handcrafted and the hand embellished. This strength sets IHGF apart and the crucial balance between size and quality of display and number of buyers creates a winning combination, giving unique business value to all trade partners. According to the feedback, visitors always find new accentuations in the showcased themes.

IHGF Delhi Fair is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), a non-profit organization and the apex body representing Indian handicraft manufacturers & exporters. EPCH facilitates its 10,500+ members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. The council provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers facilitating business. EPCH is recognised for its continuous pursuit of excellence. Earlier known as Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair, IHGF Delhi Fair – Spring and Autumn, has seen 46 superlative editions.

The 47th edition of IHGF titled, IHGF Delhi Fair – Spring 2019 is scheduled from 18th to 22nd February 2019 with a display profile categorized into 14 groups and a representation of 3,000+ exhibitors at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart.