The 43rd edition of IHGF- Delhi Fair Spring, 2017, which began on Thursday in Greater Noida, is showcasing sustainable lifestyle products from the northeast and Jodhpur.
The fair is being held at India Expo Centre and Mart (IEM) till February 20. More than 3, 000 exhibitors, including 900 permanent marts from all over the country, are showcasing a wide range of 14 product categories of house ware, home furnishing, furniture, carpets and handmade paper products.
One of the main highlights of the show is a thematic display of products from the northeastern region and Jodhpur mega cluster.
The northeastern region is known for its abundant natural material such as cane, bamboo, timber, clay, natural fiber.
Rakesh Kumar, executive director of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), said 26 participants from northeast states — Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim — as well as the region’s welfare organisations such as the North Eastern Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation and Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Assam, are displaying cane and bamboo-based basketry, lamp shades, gifts items, decorative and utility products as well as furniture.
A theme pavilion on wooden handicrafts items produced from legally procured wood and certified under Vriksh — an indigenous Indian timber legality assessment and verification scheme — will also be set up.
Buyers from different countries were seen visiting the theme pavilion of NER set up during the fair.
Kumar said another theme pavilion from Jodhpur mega cluster has also been set up in which 10 artisans are displaying their skills in leather embroidery, horn, tie and dye crafts, embroidery and appliqué hand block printing, punja durries, art metalware and woodcraft.
“This international participation will definitely boost the morale of the small and upcoming entrepreneurs of this region and motivate others to step up their efforts in product design and innovation, so that they can also get connected with the international buying community,” Kumar said.