Wide range of handicrafts, handloom items on display

Shoppers crowd crafts fair of N-E States at ITF Ground
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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
26 Nov 2017

A exclusive exhibition-cum-sale of exquisite handicraft of India’s North Eastern States, named Craft Bazar, was inaugurated by the Chief Secretary, A & N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, at ITF Ground here. Organized with the objective to provide a window of opportunities for Handicrafts and Handlooms units and to showcase and cultural heritage of North Eastern States, the exhibition-cum-sale will remain open from 9 am to 8 pm till December 7.
Items on display-cum-sale in the handicraft segment include cane and bamboo furniture, basketry, small handicrafts from Assam, Tripura, dry flower from Nagaland, Kuna Mat and Cushion etc from Manipur, sital patty and bags etc from Assam, incense sticks from Tripura, wood carving from Meghalaya, jewellery, bangle, top etc from Rajasthan, Hyderabad, wood carving from Rajasthan, U.P Orissa, woollen carpet from Arunachal Pradesh. The fair also offers many handloom options for women customers to shop viz Assam Silk Saree, Mekhala Chador etc, Manipuri Silk and cotton saree, dress material dupatta etc, bed cover from Manipur, Delhi, U.P, Andhra Rajasthan, Gujarat etc, ladies dress materials, saree etc from U.P, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Khadi items from Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa etc and many other product of Handicrafts & Handloom from different States of India.
In his address, Mr Dhiraj Thakuria Managing Director, North Eastern Handicrafts & Handlooms Development Corporation Limited said that North Eastern States are blessed with beautiful plains, low hills, tea gardens, minerals and rich tropical forests and with huge reserves of cane and bamboo. “Cane and bamboo are the basic raw materials found in North East For development of handicrafts and artisans and master craftsman from time immemorial have been using these materials to preparing day to day use articles, woven and non woven articles with exquisite design,” he said urging people to visit the Craft Bazar in large numbers.
The Director of Industries, Mr Ajit Anand said that to promote local handicraft during the fair, the Industries Department through Administration Referent Public Grievances (ARPG) involved some master artisans to prepare new designs using coconut shells, which are on display at the exhibition. “We’ll seek feedback from visitors from other parts of the country to bring about further improvements in the designs. Besides, many other local handicrafts prepared by artisans here using locally available materials are on display at the fair,” he added. The Craft Bazar is organised by North Eastern Handicrafts & Handlooms Development Corporation Limited, (A Govt. India Undertaking), Shillong, under the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DONER), Govt. of India, New Delhi, to carry forward the rich heritage by reaching out into the production base and marketing the unique products around the country and abroad through its network of six emporia and a large number of exhibitions, expositions and Craft Festival etc. The Craft Bazar is sponsored by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Govt. of India , New Delhi.