Indian handicrafts fair promises to be bigger and 'more buyer friendly'

Indian handicrafts fair promises to be bigger and 'more buyer friendly'

The Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair 2014 (IHGF) has been revamped and will be "bigger and more buyer-friendly", according to its organisers.

The fair, which has been held bi-annually for the last 18 years, has now been rebranded. Organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), it is scheduled to be held in Delhi from Oct 14-18.

The revamped IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2014 will broadly cover houseware, gifts and decoratives, furniture and home accessories, home textiles, furnishings and floor coverings, fashion jewellery, accessories and bags, Christmas decorations, candles and incense, lamps and lighting, corporate gifts, sports goods, educational toys, stationery, luggage and travel goods and pet supplies.

Indian arts and crafts are renowned for their intricate workmanship, vibrant colours and wide use of eco-friendly raw materials.

Products from India's various regions represent unique local culture, native uses and craft techniques that have been practised from generation to generation. About 57 per cent of the products produced by Indian artisans are exported.

The home furnishing segment promises several attractive items. Riding the popularity charts are room dividers, wall panels and head boards, available in stylish contemporary to intricately-latticed, engraved or finished differently to bring out the rustic element.

There are several options for artistic fittings like door knobs, handles, curtain rods, mirrors, etc. Indian speciality lies in hard wood. EPCH has a legal timber procurement standard called Vriksh and this has to be met by all who want to export their products to the US, Europe and other countries.

It is estimated that the revamped trade show will attract more than 11,000 international buyers looking to source for innovative products. There will be over 2,750 exhibitors displaying their wares over an area of 190,000 sq m. Buyers who visit the fair can order directly from the artisans.

EPCH will also be sending a group of exhibitors to the Singapore International Indian Shopping Festival, which will be held at Suntec Exhibition Centre from Oct 2-5. The exhibitors who came along with the trade council at last year's fair organised by tabla!, Tamil Murasu and de ideaz attracted many buyers.

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