FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) – one of the most prestigious pan India forums working towards the goal of women empowerment – in its bid to boost country’s handwoven, hand embroidered and handcrafted heritage, will be working directly with weavers and designers to boost sales in India and abroad.”The handloom and handicraft sector showcases the country’s unique cultural mosaic and rich heritage. It also has the economic potential to strengthen livelihoods in a sustainable manner. However, a prime concern in this sector is that there is a dearth of information available on the artisans as well as their linkages with buyers, designers, and importers,” said Pinky Reddy while speaking at the Handloom Business Meet titled ‘Hathkargha’, organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) along with parent body FICCI and Facebook on October 8. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInaugurating the meet, Union Textile Minister Smriti Zubin Irani informed that India exported handcrafted goods worth Rs 1.36 lakh crore in the last four years. She also urged social networking giant Facebook and businesswomen organisation FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) to get involved directly with weavers, help generate additional income for them besides connecting them directly with the buyers in India and abroad as well as with modern Indian customers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Handlooms and handmade textile products is a sub-sector which has achieved its recognition and glory in the internal arena. Harnessing of skills, design intervention, and access to credit will play a big role in forging the global luxury industry ahead. FLO in it’s bid to empower handloom women weavers has already compiled and released a Women Artisans Craft Directory, which covers the 29 states of India and highlights the creative dexterity of more than 400 women along with their contact details,” said Reddy. “The Women artisans craft directory is an effort to support women artisans from various parts of the country to connect directly with buyers across India and the world. It will also help bridge the gap between India’s skilled women artisans and discerning buyers as it will establish a direct link with artisans, bring them recognition and respect,” added Reddy. “FLO has also been working with various eminent designers and fashion entrepreneurs who understand the true potential of handlooms and handicrafts and its significant role in providing employment to a vast segment of the craftsperson, thereby preserving the intangible heritage of our country,” she said. Reddy concluded by saying, “This is the only sector that offers the promise and potential to preserve and promote India’s cultural identity. With the more active promotion, additional financing and tax breaks for the handloom industry, India could provide the finest hand makers of the world.”
The 38th edition of India International Trade Fair 2018 is being organised on a small scale in the context of the premier exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan transforming into an iconic world-class International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC). The much-awaited fair will be held from November 14-27.This year, this flagship event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) assumes a special significance for the country as the year marks the start of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Father of Nation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTheme of the fair is ‘Rural Enterprises in India’ where all States, Government organisations and other stakeholders will put their best foot forward for the realisation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vision i.e ‘Sab Ka Sath, Sabka Vikas’. It is also significant to enhance rural employment for maximum utilisation of local resources and stop the trend of migration from villages to cities. The theme pavilion will be set-up by the Ministry of Rural Development in Hall 7 FGH. Besides, the fair manifests its commitment to various initiatives taken by the Government such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’,’ Skill India’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Startup India’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIITF has evolved by stages as a mega trademark event for ITPO ever since its inception in 1979. This year too, featuring new avenues of trade and skill development, the event highlights the reforms as well as policy initiatives in diverse fields and multi-sectors of Indian industry. featuring the state-of-the-art technologies, products, services, and innovations along with CSR initiatives, it showcases India’s acclaimed khadi their multifarious hues, designs, motifs, and techniques. ITPO has made extensive efforts to ensure all important sectors of IITF as well as foreign participants in the available space. Importantly, nearly all States and Union Territories have continued their presence in the fair. The ‘Partner Country’ is the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’ and the ‘Focus Country’ ‘Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’. The ‘Focus State’ is ‘Jharkhand’. Around 800 participants from States/Government Departments, domestic and are taking part with considerable participation of rural artisans, craftsmen, and SME entrepreneurs. Significantly, the fair has registered foreign participation from Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA, UK and UAE in Hall 9 and 10. Government group participation such as MSME, CAPART, Ministry of Social Justice, Ministry of Minority Affairs, KVIC, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, National Jute Board and TRIFED are located in Hall 7 and adjacent open area. Cosmetics, Health sector, Electronics, Kitchen Equipments, Computer peripherals, mobile phones, Food Products, Leather and textiles and multiproduct in Hall 11 while State and UT pavilions are located in hall 12 and 12A. This year, the visitors will be facilitated only through Gate no. 1, Gate no. 8 and Gate no. 10. Entry to the fairground will be allowed from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. ITPO has earmarked initial four days (November 14-17, 2018)business visitors. Entry rates for business days per person will be Rs. 500 and season ticket Rs. 1800. For all the visitors during public days (November 18-27, 2018), ticket charges on Saturday/Sunday/Public Holiday per adult will be Rs 120 and child Rs 60, while for working days, ticket charges will be Rs 60 and child Rs 40. Tickets can be booked online as well at 66 select metro stations except for Pragati Maidan metro station. The fair will open from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, daily. Several initiatives are being taken to ensure hassle-free entry of the visitors.