Delhi: With an impressive growth of 23.5 per cent
in exports for handicraft for 2002-03, the 16th Indian
Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) from 13-16 October 2003
at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, will be inaugurated by Indian
Textiles Minister Syed Shahnawaj Hussain.
biannual four-day handicraft fair will be the largest
in the area, in numbers of exhibitors, and will be the
ever-largest product range on display. 'One-stop global-sourcing
event' is considered as the perfect platform for the international
buyers who anxiously wait for the fair.
IHGF-Autumn 2003 president Ashok Boob: "The aggressive
campaign initiated by EPCH is expected to surpass all
the previous records of international buyers, expected
to be more than 7,000. The fair will attract buyers from
Latin American and Central Asian countries apart from
traditional international buyers form the US, Germany,
the UK, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Portugal, Cyprus, Israel, Hong Kong, Japan Australia,
New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and South Africa."
of the interesting aspects of the fair is the visit of
senior journalists and the editorial staff (experts in
the trade of handicraft) of five specialised business
magazines from the US. The visiting staff will have an
opportunity to see and feel the varied and diverse range
of Indian handicraft, intricacy of craftsmanship and its
cultural heritage. This attempt will help create massive
awareness in the US and the adjoining markets.
says handicraft exports have registered an impressive
growth of 23.5 per cent over the previous year. "It
has surpassed the target of Rs 7,800 crore set up the
Indian government reaching at Rs 8,343 crore. Despite
the perennial growth in the export of handicraft year
after year, the share of the Indian market is very low."