Handicrafts Current Affairs - 2019

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IHGF-Delhi Fair begins

The 48th Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) organized by the Ministry of Textiles began in Greater Noida on October 16, 2019. More than 3,200 Indian exhibitors are participating in the fair. Around 110 overseas buyers from 110 countries are participating in the event as well. They are here to source furniture, fashion, lifestyle and textiles products of the exhibitors.

In the event, the Ministry extended its support to the proposal of EPCH for setting up handicraft parks for apparel and handloom.

Significance of IHGF

Handicrafts are important in terms of economic development. The sector provides a number of opportunities for the unemployed with a minimal investment. The sector earns around Rs 43,000 crores (2015) of rupees annually. Out of this, it earns an export of Rs 10,000 crores annually.

About EPCH

The EPCH is the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts and was established under Companies act (1986-87). It is the apex body for the handicraft exporters in India. It is the nodal agency to promote exports of handicrafts to different destinations. The Council has set up Handicrafts Carpet Sector Skill Council that implements the VRIKSH initiative. Apart from this, it has also launched the Indian Timber Legality Assessment and Verification Scheme that aims to establish a chain of custody and legality of wood.

Foundation stone laid for Hastshilp complex in New Delhi

The Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani laid the foundation stone of a Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi. The complex would be named after Deendayal Upadhyaya as Deen Dayal Antarashtriya Hastshilp Bhawan.

How this Complex will help the Artisans?

  • The complex will provide space for awardee artisans on a rotation basis and preference will be given to differently abled artisans. This would help in increasing the reach of the Artisans.
  • The complex will also house a separate research wing to carry out on endangered crafts and new and emerging handicraft products and markets.
  • The Hastshilp Bhawan will house 23 shops meant for artisans, one showroom for artisans from SAARC countries, one kiosk, five galleries and one conventional hall.
  • The complex will provide better accessibility to the artisans coming from all over the country and SAARC nations.
  • The complex will bring different offices of handicrafts which are situated at different places currently to one location.
  • The complex will also house dormitory facilities for handicraft artisans from all across the country.

The construction of the Hastshilp Bhawan is being undertaken by NBCC at a cost of Rs.113.56 crores and the construction is expected to be complete in 18 months.