Virtual IHGF-Delhi Fair extended for one extra day amid spike in number of participants and buyers

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New Delhi, 14th July: Looking at the size of participants spread over in 20 halls and visit of large number of buyers from across the globe, it has been requested by the participants and the buyers to extend the date of the fair for one more day. Accordingly, organizing committee of IHGF-Delhi fair has decided to extend the fair by one day. Now the fair will be held during 13-19 July, 2020 and virtual platform will remain open till 11 AM, 20th July 2020, said Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH.

Kumar said that it will be providing more time to exhibitors as well as to buyers, buying agents, retailers and wholesalers to transact the business in a fruitful manner.

Large number of member exporters of the EPCH are participating in the show from across the county. EPCH had set up certain rules, terms & conditions & protocol to be adhered by the member participants. On the first day of the show, it was brought in the knowledge of EPCH that some of the participants are violating the terms and conditions of the participation and visiting the booths of other participants, copying or downloading the catalogues which is not allowed. On the complaint of the concerned participants, legal notices have been issued to 31 participants who have not abided by the rules informed Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH.

In order to provide exposure to crafts of Jammu and Kashmir, a thematic display is also being presented during 49th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair with showcasing products by over 35 artisans and entrepreneurs who will be displaying home furnishing, textiles, carpets, papier-machie, fashion accessories and wooden handicrafts further said Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH.

The theme pavilion of Jammu & Kashmir was inaugurated by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner /Secretary, I&C Department, Govt. of  Jammu & Kashmir.

While inaugurating the pavilion Manoj Kumar Dwivedi said that it is a good initiative during covid pandemic as the entire exporting community, traders community and artisans who are associated with handicrafts sector have suffered a lot and now they are grappling to find good markets for them. This kind of virtual fair will help them to keep their businesses alive.  He hoped that  artisans and entrepreneurs from J&K who are participating in this virtual fair will be  getting good business from the show.

Mussarat-Ul-Islam, Director Handicrafts & Handloom, Kashmir expressed that in order to overcome the difficulty of marketing during covid pandemic, with the active support of Commissioner and Secretary, I&C Department, Jammu & Kashmir. The artisans and entrepreneurs have been motivated to participate in 49th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair virtual. He further said that we are hopeful that our exporters, who deals in world class handicrafts and handloom items, which have created niche in the global markets, will be able to connect to overseas buyers and find a new markets and destinations to sell their products.

The product range of traditional crafts of J&K with modern designs made out of eco friendly and natural materials are in great demand in India and overseas said Shri Arshad Mir, COA member of EPCH from Jammu & Kashmir.

EPCH is working in close coordination with the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), J&K and other important Departments in Jammu & Kashmir like J&K Khadi Village Industries Board and Department of Handicrafts & Handloom, Jammu & Kashmir for the upliftment of artisans and exports of crafts from the state said Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH.

Fashion shows during IHGF-Delhi fair have always remained one of the attractions for the visiting buyers where member participants in the show  showcase their innovative collections of fashion jewellery, accessories, products made from leather and cane and bamboo etc.

On second day of 49th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair fashion show featured collections of Shajuky, Noida, Bigdi by Bonafide, M/s G.R. Creations, New Delhi, Old Village Overseas, New Delhi,  Medallion, Jaipur, Breads Kingdom, New Delhi and Sehaj Impex, New Delhi.  The items which the models showcases products of above companies included Jewellery, Resort ware, leather bags, scarves, mask & embroidered bags with delicate jewellery, metal jewellery and embroidered ADDA jewellery.

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