Organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the 49th edition of IHGF-Delhi virtual fair began yesterday. The show was virtually inaugurated by Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sent his good wishes to EPCH on the organisation of this event.
In his message, PM also conveyed that Indian handicrafts have been celebrated the world over for their artistic innovation and creative richness and has carved a niche in the international market.
Buyers from companies/departmental stores who have already confirmed their visit to the show include Cost Plus World Market, Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren, WKND-WYFR, Urban Outfitters, Mudpie, Cracker Barrel, TJX, Wisteria, Bed Bath and Beyond from US.
Among other countries, those who have confirmed are Tchibo, Marc O Polo, Impression from Germany, Pick n Pay from South Africa, Fox Home from Israel, Riviera Maison, Edelman BV from Netherlands, Carrefour from France, Bunnings Warehouse from Australia, Tesco, Ross, Next from the UK, Migros from Switzerland and KifKif Imports from Canada.
While inaugurating the fair, Smriti Irani said that during the COVID-19 pandemic EPCH brought IHGF-Delhi fair on the virtual platform where a large number of exporters will be showcasing beauty and workmanship of Indian handicrafts.
SME exporters of India will be happy to engage with buying agents, buying houses from across the world in the virtual fair.
Ravi K. Passi, Chairman, EPCH said that this is a much bigger show as it is a multi-products show displaying a wide range of home, lifestyle, fashion, furniture and textile products.
Rakesh Kumar, DG, EPCH informed that there are more than 1,500 exporters from across India in this event. Thematic display of the craft of Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern region of the country is also an attraction of the show.
“With overwhelming response from both the exhibitors and the buying community, the show will generate excellent business enquiries as a large number of buyers across the globe have registered to visit the show,” he added.
Ravi Capoor, Secretary Textiles, Ministry of Textiles and Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) also appreciated the efforts of EPCH and this event.