The 45th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2018 concluded successfully at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida with business enquiries worth INR 2700 cr said Shri O.P. Prahldka, Chairman – EPCH.
Shri Prahladka further informed that the fair held twice in a year play significant role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the Country. The handicrafts exports during 1994-95 when the fair initiated was INR 3159.62 cr has reached to the tune of INR 24,392.39 cr in 2016-17. Export trade has widened its scope and reach. 5300 overseas buyers from 111 countries and domestic volume retail buyers visited the show to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products during five days extravaganza.
Prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for the best designed and displayed stands were also distributed by Shri Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Texiles in six product categories such as Furniture, Furniture Hardware and Home accessories, Fashion Jewllery & Accessories, Lamp Lighting and Accessories, Home, Textile, Furnishing and Floor Coverings, Christmas Decorative and Festive décor, Houseware, Table, Kitchenware and Hotelware. Three awards were given in each category i.e. Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest Shri Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textile said that EPCH has been doing tremendous efforts for increasing exports of handicrafts from the Country firstly by organising this kind of handicrafts fair twice a year and secondly by setting up infrastructures at different craft clusters of the Country to provide the product and design development facilities, use of technology to produce products in large quantities and also providing marketing linkages to the artisans and craftspersons.
Theme pavilions of NER, Jodhpur and J&K were remained one of the highlights of the fair as exquisite crafts of these states attracted many buyers to visit these theme pavilions.
Even though the overseas buyers from 111 countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, UAE, UK and Zimbabwe and many more visited the show but maximum buyers from USA ( 627 ), UK (346 ), Germany ( 293), Japan ( 177 ) Australia (169), France ( 169), and China ( 78) came to source their requirement of home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products.