THE SALE at the National Handloom Expo at the Bhopal Haat that got underway on November 10 has already crossed Rs 8.29 crore. The organisers claim that visitors’ flow to the exhibition is still quite encouraging, so the sale figure will be quite high by the time the expo comes to an end on November 30.
In view of the good response to the Expo, the organisers have decided to keep it open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 9 pm. For maintaining visitors’ interest, the exhibition is organising a variety of cultural programmes everyday. On Thursday, it organised rock band show.
More than 50,000 persons have visited the exhibition so far, said Surendra Verma, the public relation officer of the exhibition.
More than 70 stalls from 11 states are vying to attract customers. UP tops the list with 13 followed by Jammu and Kashmir (nine), West Bengal (seven), Rajasthan and Haryana (five each) Bihar and Andhra Pradesh ( two each) and one each from Maharashtra, Pondicherry and Delhi. Surprisingly, Chhattisgarh is conspicuously absent in the national exhibition.
With the onset of winter, it is a happy tide in the fortune of Jammu and Kashmir stalls selling woolen clothes and embroidery shawls etc.
Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and some stalls from Uttar Pradesh are also doing brisk sale ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000. Silk/pure cotton apparel from Assam and West Bengal has caught the fancy of the visitors.
West Bengal has already crossed Rs one lakh in pure cotton and silk items’ sale. Haryana’s cloths, mainly bed sheets and covers, made a big kill with sale having crossed Rs 1.5 lakh.
Traditional fabric from Madhya Pradesh showcased in five participants including Mrignayani, MP Khadi and rural industries board and the Silk Federation are also a big draw.
Verma said that the sale figure till now has been recorded at Rs 1.9 crore. Other major attractions at the expo are the food festival and cultural programmes.
To tingle the taste buds, there are Malwa Food stalls, Indian Coffee House, Picnic Restaurant and Bombay Pav Bhaji to visit.
Cultural programmes like Mushayra, Fashion Show, Qawwali, Ghazal and Bhangra have been organised for visitors. There is also a display competition to be held at the expo on November 18 in which various colleges from the State capital will participate. Students from colleges will be asked to redo the stall of their choice in an hour. The best-decorated stalls will be given prizes.