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           have expanded operations and buyers have broad-based  budding entrepreneurs, individual artisans to clusters,
           their sourcing from India.                            self-help groups to NGO's, societies to agencies;
                                                                                                   designers to
               Under one      A proof of concerted and           Ample opportunities, new
                                                                                                   merchandisers,
           roof, the world's  sustained efforts                  partnerships and trade linkages
           largest gathering                                                                       marketeers to
                                                                                                   policy makers; not
           of handicraft
           exhibitors, IHGF                      Rashmi Verma                        Rita Teaotia  to mention the
                                                 Secretary,                          Secretary,    many who were
           Delhi Fair's Spring
                                                 Ministry of                         Ministry of   part of the support
           2017 edition was
                                                 Textiles,                           Commerce,     and ancillary
           a sight to behold.
                                                 Govt. of India                      Govt. of India  sectors, providing
           This mega event
                                                                                                   various products
           was an all-
           encompassing       I appreciate EPCH’s efforts to     The IHGF Delhi Fair has become    and services.
                              provide export market linkages to  the largest sourcing destination  Besides the robust
           show, attracting a
                              entrepreneurs, manufacturers,      for handicrafts in the world. The  business that
           variety of
                              artisans as well as small and      increasing demand from            happens over this
           professionals,
                              medium exporters to showcase the   international buyers and visitors  five days
           perhaps second
                              wide range of handicrafts being    ensures better value realisation for
           to only the        produced in India. I congratulate  local industry and sustainable    extravaganza -
                                                                                                   including the last
           variety of         EPCH for getting IHGF Delhi Fair’s  employment to artisans with
                                                                                                   bonus day(as the
           products on        entry into the Limca Book of       ample opportunities, new
           display.           Records for being the ‘largest     partnerships and new trade        Spring edition was
           Stakeholders and   congregation of handicrafts        linkages among the visiting buyers  a 4 day show till
                              exhibitors under one roof’. I am   and the Indian handicraft         the Spring 2016
           beneficiaries alike
                              confident that this event will     exporters. I hope the increasing  edition), one could
           were part of this
                              further enhance the popularity     profile of this show among the    see comfort in the
           gigantic affair.   and awareness of Indian            global stakeholders of the
           They included the  handicrafts in the global markets  handicrafts & gifts sector, brings  body language of
                                                                                                   buyers and sellers
           sector's leading   and enhance growth of handicraft   in new teams of buyers from
                                                                                                   as they met again
           export houses to   exports.                           around the world, to this fair.
                                                                                                   to fulfill each
                                                                               others’ needs. The ability to accomplish
                                                                               this, in the backdrop of constantly
                                                                               changing consumer tastes and needs,
                                                                               variedly in different markets, is a unique
                                                                               proposition which requires constant
                                                                               reinventing while retaining core values
                                                                               and identity.

                                                                                   Natural Fibres Export, Jaipur,
                                                                               represented by Mr. Rajendra Gupta are
                                                                               into the manufacture and exports of area
                                                                               rugs/ durries and textiles handicrafts.
                                                                               IHGF Delhi Fair participants since over
                                                                               twelve years now, this season they
                                                                               experimented with leather, metal and


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