As the 40th edition of IHGF Delhi fair organised at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts in the country, drew to a close, business enquiries worth Rs 2,700 crores were generated.
Rakesh Kumar, ED EPCH, mentioned that over 7,300 trade visitors interacted with India’s handicraft sector making it the world’s largest fair of Indian handicrafts, home, lifestyles and fashion products. The visitors included international buyers, buying agents and domestic volume retailers.
The IHGF Delhi fair played host to over 2,750 exhibitors spread over 1,90,000 sq mts area, this year, with more than 1,600 product lines and styles at state-of-the art India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.
Over 110 countries and Indian volume retail visitors mesmerised overseas volume buyers with their spectacular display of traditional Indian art and craft. Products on display included house ware, tableware, kitchenware, hotel ware, home furnishing, home textiles, linens, festive decor, Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations, fashion jewellery, bags, scarves, ties, fashion compliments, luggage, leather bags, furniture, hardware and accessories, carpets, rugs and floorings, bathroom accessories, candles, incense, potpourri and aromatics, stationery, lamps and lighting, chandeliers, lanterns, decorative articles & giftware, garden ornaments, lawn accessories, sustainable products, jute, cane, bamboos, natural fibres, educational games, etc.
Moreover, various knowledge seminars were held along with cultural programmes and fashion shows. Besides, Bhagwat Saran Gangwar, Honble Minister of State for SSI & EP, government of Uttar Pradesh presented the prestigious Ajay Shankar Memorial Awards for best display and design in 10 product categories.