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           State Crafts Representation

           Primary Producers from Uttarakhand

               Uttarakhand, a North Indian State rich in natural     Harsh Chandra Tamta from Bageshwar was on his
           resources specialises in production of woolen         first participation at the expo. He specialises in
           handlooms, cotton handlooms, silk products, products  copperware like utensils and decoratives that he sells in
           of other natural fibers, nettle fiber craft, lihai wood  the local market through his shop back home. "I am here
           carving, copperware, ringaal based products, wax work,  with a desire to expand my business and earn more for
           aipan art - ritual floor painting, lantana furniture,  my family," he said and informed that he works on
           picchuara - painted textile, block printing, driftwood  customised orders as well. Among his bestsellers were
           work, pine bark jewellery, papri wood work, ornamental                    small souvenirs and plates. Home
           candles, stone carving and many more innovative                           Expo India brought him closer to
           combinations. It is also home to over 40 kinds of natural                 the international buying
           fibres that are used to make a wide range of innovations.                 community and he received a few
               Uttarakhand's Theme Presentation at Home Expo                         enquiries too. Based on recent
           India included 50 participants - all primary producers                    learnings through buyer seller
           from 11 craft towns and cities of this State like, Almora,                interactions, He plans to add toys
           Bageshwar, Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital,                         and decorative cum utility boxes to
           Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Udham Singh                      his product range. Another copper
           Nagar and Uttarkashi, besides representation from                         specialist - Dulap Ram from
           Uttarakhand Handloom & Handicraft Development                             Bageshwar said, "We have been
           Council.  Through Home Expo India 2017, the artisans,                     given great opportunity to
           designers and entrepreneurs of the state got an                           showcase our talent, otherwise our
           opportunity to market their products not only to                          handicraft would just be limited to
           exporters but also to visiting buyers and get their                       our village buyers", he says and
           invaluable feedback on their product propositions.    adds, "I hope that people from different countries would
                                                                 look at our work which would give our handicrafts a
               From Bageshwar there was therapeutic copperware
                                                                 better future in world market." Namita Tiwari from
           for home utility as well as decor; crafts from Rudraprayag
                                                                 Almora brought with her, the traditional folk art of aipan.
           and Pithoragarh comprised ringaal(a kind of dwarf
                                                                 She strives to keep it alive and take it to a wider
           bamboo found in Uttarakhand) products like baskets,
                                                                 customer base. Though this is art form used to adorn
           flower stands, pen boxes, hanging lamps and candle
                                                                 homes and festive essentials, enthusiasts are bringing
           stands. Since they use natural raw materials, these
                                                                 this craft's application to contemporary products.
           products if saved from water, sun and fire can be used
                                                                                                     Namita uses
           for a long time. Just a coat of polish on their natural
                                                                                                     aipan to
           colours is needed for maintenance and these have a
                                                                                                     embellish laptop
           good local demand too. Woodcraft came in from many
                                                                                                     cases, file folders,
           areas of this State. And then there were artistic shawls,
                                                                                                     etc. and most
           aipan craft and selections in table linen. Aipan is a
                                                                                                     recently artisanal
           traditional folk art specifically made by women of
                                                                                                     apparel and
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