Vibrant hues and subtle flavours of the eight states of the northeast are displayed in the Capital on Tuesday during the third North East Business Summit.
The two-day exhibition brought subtle colours, intricate craftsmanship and a wide array of natural products from each of the eight states - Tripura, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Meghalaya, giving a glimpse of the northeast region's natural wealth.
Apart from the usual silk - eri and muga garments, the exhibition also displayed some rare handmade products of the region. A mat made from the stinging nettle plant was one such product on display at the Nagaland stall.
After removing the sting, the plant is processed and the natural fibre obtained is weaved into the mat. Light brown in colour, the mat is priced at Rs.1,500.
Hybrid potato seeds, which are a major item of export, and Kali Khasa, a type of scented rice, were the main attractions of the Tripura stall.
"This rice has a natural herbal smell, there is no artificial manure used. Its equivalent in Assam is called Joha rice," said the stall manager.
Small flowers and leaf imprints on smooth silk curtains welcomed all to the Manipur stall. Here muga curtains were priced at Rs.1,200.
Tripura also displayed a whole range of mats and folders made of a cane look-alike.
"This is not cane. This material is derived from 'kauna', which is called water rip in English. It looks a lot like cane, but is found only in Tripura," said the manager of the stall.
A variety of handloom products, be it saris, shawls, jackets or caps, made up the displays in all the stalls. Assam, for instance, had a number of silk mekhla chadors, the state's traditional outfit equivalent to the sari, in different colours like red, yellow and pink. The silk used, again, is either eri or muga.
Food products also dominated most of the stalls. Mizoram displayed juices along with the fruit from which they are made. Jams and pickles were aplenty. The passion fruit squash and bamboo shoot in brine were especially popular.
Cane furniture and other products like bags, baskets and decorative items were also seen everywhere.
Although a handful of items like food products or decorative pieces were on sale Tuesday itself, officially the exhibition will be open for sale Wednesday afternoon.