Cultural grandeur of northeast showcased at 32nd IITF
Craftsperson and entrepreneurs from northeastern states participated in the recently held 32nd India International Trade Fair, which provided them a big platform to showcase their products and skills.
More than 250 crafts persons and entrepreneurs from the eight states of the northeast participated in the trade fair. Each state had a dedicated pavilion at the fair with different themes.
Around 27 exhibitors from Nagaland showcased a variety of products like handloom, artificial jewellery, decorative items, paintings and cultural artifacts.
Tipini, an entrepreneur from Tuensang district in Nagaland, was exhibiting her handicrafts in Delhi for the first time and was thrilled by the response of the people.
"We have displayed handmade items - like the dresses, waistcoats, bed sheets, even the necklaces," said Tipini.
Exhibitors from Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh also took part in the fair. Dressed in traditional attires, they also promoted the culture of their state.
Large crowds thronged the Arunachal Pradesh pavilion for its cane and bamboo products. Other than handloom, many innovative products like designer lampshades and sofa sets made from horns of bullocks were on display.
"We have displayed handicraft items of Arunachal Pradesh and they all are handmade. We are also yielding profit with good sale," said Tai Tatvp, Manager for textile and handicrafts, Arunachal Pradesh.
The exhibitors benefit from the fair as they gain experience about customer demand and the changes they need to make in their products to market them Delhi and in other places. The event also provides them a wide platform to generate business, which in turn boosts incomes of the artisans and craftsmen from the region.
"We got lots of international query as well as domestic queries for these products. So, we are going to promote rural artisans as they will make these products," said Manoj Kumar, exhibitor, Tripura .
The IITF 2012 was a perfect blend of commerce and culture. During the fair every state was allotted a day to celebrate its state day with the aim of promoting awareness about traditions of the region.