Asia’s Largest Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair Starts





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Asia’s Largest Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair was inaugurated by Shri S. S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The four-day-long Asia’s largest Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) Autumn-2010, is organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), on October 17-20, 2010 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, Expressway in the NCR Delhi. More than 6000 buyers and 350 buying agents from 30 countries are expected to throng the 30th edition unique gifts and handicrafts fair to source their requirements in which over 2000 exhibitors from all over India will be displaying more than 850 product lines, styles and designs spread over 97,000 sq mtrs under one roof.


Minister of State for Textile Panabaki Lakshmir looking at an handicraft product in the fair. Also in the picture is Mr Rakesh Kumar , Exexcutive Director-EPCH

Minister of State for Textiles Panabaki Lakshmi speaking at the Valedictory Ceremony on the close of IHGF Autumnj 2010



The 30th edition of Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair closed on 20th October, 2010. There were 2200 exhibitors from 28 states of India covering 97,000 sq. mtrs of space, displaying more than 900 products lines during four days of event. It has been reported that 5000 buyers from various parts of the world visited the fair and negotiated business with exhibiting companies.

Overseas buyers observed that the IHGF is the right place to find new things. The fair was trend setting and inspiring, Prices were comparatively attractive, many products on display were exclusive. Most of the buyers found IHGF to be much bigger than other fairs. The highlights of the fair were an exclusive spectrum of furniture procured from leading exporters and displayed in the Hall of Excellence’ located just outside the main venue giving it a most prominent position.

The other high light was a themed showcase of craft products from India’s eastern region. IHGF was built on excellent variety consisting of sectors like houseware, decorative and
gifts, fashion jewellery and accessories, bags, cane and bamboo and eco-friendly products, Christmas decoratives, candle and incense sticks, home textiles, furnishing, floor coverings, homeware and accessories etc. These products groups comprise many types of crafts,
lifestyles, utility items.

Overseas buyers have shown specific interest in many product lines particularly Indian textiles, furnishing, furniture, home décor, curios, bags and fashion accessories, children products, crocheted work and laced goods. Buyers have also shown interest in the products with antique finishing, cane items, coir mats and jute bags.

A random survey has indicated that participating companies have received 6000 trade enquiries from the visiting buyers evincing interest in the product lines indicated above.

Speaking at the Valedictory Ceremony, Smt. Panabaki Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, said that exporters should develop new products in demand in the insternationl markets and also explore new markets for to enhance export from this sector.

She also said that many schemes including integrated skill development project, and design development centres were in place besides many other schemes with the help of the Government.

Focus on compliance and search new markets for export of handicrafts : S. S. Gupta

Greater Noida – October 17, 2010 – Mr. S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) today declared open the 30th edition of the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF)-Autumn 2010 and called upon the exporters to pay serious attention on compliance and searching new markets to sustain in the world markets.

He further said that “it is important that we must dedicate our resources to the development of new product range through use of new raw material base so that we are able to offer something different
from the others to the world market.”

Development Commissioner lauded the role of EPCH in setting up the Common Facility Centres (CFCs) and clusters all over handicrafts pockets of the country. This Council is very dedicated in its efforts
to promote handicrafts sector as compared to other councils. This sector is very vibrant and competitive.

He assured all assistance from the Ministry for the promotion of this sector for increasing exports from the country and attain the earlier rate of growth prevailing before the recession.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr. Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the organizers of the fair, said that the Council has embarked upon segmented product specific fairs so that buyers of specific product range can source their supplies from such fairs. IHGF has now become a Mother Fair and fairs on furniture, jewellery, fashion accessories and houseware etc. are product specific to be held in India.

He further said that EPCH has also initiated a programme for training the exporting community to get the maximum advantage for promotion of business by participating in specialized fair held overseas. The first
such programme was held in Delhi and intend to hold similar programmes in other centres of production and exports to strengthen our efforts in increasing sales through medium of fairs.

Indian exporters feel that this fair is a “Mecca” for them for entering into other markets. Even though, this fair is considered to be one of the largest in the Asian continent, yet it is different from other fairs held in the continent simply because the entire display and participation is by India and no other country display their product range.

“Despite the fact, that there is only one country participation, the fair attracts the attention of buyers from all over the world. On an average more than 5000 buyers have been visiting each of the events
held in the past. EPCH has been organizing this fair for the last 15 years two times in a year,” said the Chairman of the Council.

Mr. Abdul Azim, President of Fair Reception Committee, also welcomed the buyers and asked them to see the creative and innovative products that are on display in the show.

Distinctive features of this fair are 2000 exhibitors from 28 States of India, covering gross area of 97,000 sq. mtrs, displaying 850 product lines, styles and designs, expecting 6000 buyers from 30 countries in addition to 350 buying agents resident in India to visit this fair and source their requirement from this one stop destination.

The handicrafts exports during 2009-10 amounted to Rs 8718 crore as against Rs 8183 crore in the previous year registering an increase of 6.55 per cent in rupee terms. During the first two quarters of the
current fiscal, handicrafts exports have been to the tune of Rs 4753 crore as against Rs 4075 crore clocking an increase of 17 per cent during the same period last year.


EPCH Chairman Shri Rakesh Kumar Malhotra welcome address. 


‘’Unlike other fairs held in various parts of the world, this fair is unique as it has only Indian participation for display with buyers from developed and developing nations visiting and seeking supplies of wide and varied range of products from India to cater to all segment of consumers in their respective countries,’’ says Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman of the Council. Specialty of this fair is that the products on display are of all quality and variety. Buyers can select products for meeting the requirement of high end consumers, middle end consumers and mass and low end consumers. Another unique feature of Indian product range is that they are still hand crafted and machines are used only for finishing purposes. This is the reasons that India does not cater to buyers seeking supply of one typical product in thousand and millions. India is still has the distinction of exclusivity in terms of each product, each design, colours and raw material base, Mr. Malhotra added.


Mr. S. S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) inaugural address....


Mrs Alka Arora, Addl Commissioner Handicrafts ..publishing Handicrafts Directory....




Gathering in inaugural ceremony....




Gathering in inaugural ceremony....


Beautiful elephant...on display




Staues on display...


Indian Handicrafts and Gift Fair of EFCH. Development Commissioner Visiting Exhibition Halls ...accompanied by EPCH Chairman Shri Rakesh Kumar Malhotra and Executive Director Rakesh Kumar

Indian products are eco-friendly as most of the raw material used is natural and not chemically made and more over the dye and colours used are also natural vegetable dyes rather than chemical dyes. Products on display will range from gifts items, decorative, curious, utility items like houseware, homeware, kitchenware, bathroom ware, garments, dresses, furnishing, fabrics, flooring, decorative lightings, cutlery, crockery, furniture accessories, fashion items, jewellery and accessories etc.



Indian Handicrafts and Gift Fair Exporters briefing Commissioner Handicrafts S S Gupta


The products are made out of raw material base like wood, metal, cane & bamboo, textiles, natural fibres, artificial fibres, wool, silk, jute, coir, stones, animal bye products, terracotta and lacquer etc. Journalists representing trade magazines from countries of Central Asia, Latin America, Africa and ASEAN regions will be visiting the Handicrafts & Gifts Fair to see the range and quality of products on display and carry back stories to be published in the subsequent issues. In addition to overseas buyers, representative of buying houses, buying agents, importers and wholesalers from America and Europe will also be visiting the fair.

Shri Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH ansering to media queries...

IIA Noida Chapter Delegation in exhibition....

Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair has already acquired the reputation of one stop sourcing amongst the overseas buying community and most effective marketing medium amongst Indian exporting community. It is actually a MECCA both for buyers and for exporters, said Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH. The Handicrafts exports during the 2009-10 amounted to Rs. 8718 crore as against Rs. 8183 crores in the previous year registering an increased of 6.55% in rupee terms. During the first two quarters of 2010-11, handicrafts exports have been to the tune of Rs. 4753 crore as against Rs. 4075 crore during the same period in the previous year. During this six months period, the export have risen by 17% over the last year. Taking into the present trend of exports, it is expected that the total exports during the current financial year 2010-11 will be much more than the previous years.