Exhibition-cum-sale of local handicrafts gets underway at Middle Point

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
12 Mar 2018

Take a look at the beautiful and local handicrafts displayed at the Udyog Parisar Complex in Middle Andaman. An interesting mix of designs, displayed at the complex, is sure to take all by the stunning creativity of local artisans from across these islands. Promoted by the local administration through the A & N Islands Khadi and Vilage Industries Board, the five-day exhibition-cum-sale of newly developed prototypes under the project of promotion of local handicrafts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands got underway on Monday here.  Ms Neha Bansal, Secretary, inaugurated the exhibition of indigenous handicrafts, which has been supported by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Personnel Grievance, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pension, GoI, New Delhi, in the presence of other dignitaries
Appreciating the efforts of the participants, Mr. Neha Bansal remarked that it’s not an easy task to develop handicrafts using coconut shells, banana etc. “I am amazed with the creativity of our local artisans, who used innovative ideas to create the exhibits displayed here,” she said calling upon the participants to avail all benefits offered by the government towards promoting local handicrafts. 
A local entrepreneur, Mr Samir Dhali of M/s Galaxy Enterprises said that the Coconut shell lamp at the exhibition is expected to draw huge crowds. The design is the handicraft is unique. Metal holders, floral candidates have been used while due care has been given so that the coconut  shell doesn’t catch fire due to heat. Each lamp costs Rs 200, he said.
The A & N Islands Khadi and Village Industries Board has provided skill development/skill upgradation training for ptomotion of local handicrafts to around 283 beneficiaries in the past one year of which 251 are women. A series of workshops, seminars etc were conducted for participants from Diglipur to Campbell Bay for which the administration spent around Rs 98 lakh. The exhibition will remain open for visitors at Udyog Parisar till March 16.