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               Textile India’s extensive exhibition area of 125,000 square
           metres in Gandhinagar’s Mahatma Mandir, brought together
           about 1000+ exhibitors, 2500+ international buyers and
           15000+ domestic buyers. Thematic display of textile and
           apparel products, a dedicated pavilion for Start-ups, Skills, R&D,
           Sustainability, best display and design, etc. were all under one
           roof. The show featured theme pavilions of partner states -
           Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand with special focus state-
           Karnataka. International conferences and round table seminars
           were held as part of this event with participation from global
           and national leaders from the industry, technical experts and
           senior policy makers from the Union as well as State   Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH, welcomes the delegates
           Governments. Some of the participating countries in this show
           were USA, China, UK, Australia, Germany, Bangladesh, South
           Korea, UAE and Vietnam.
           EPCH's Participation with Handicrafts Exhibition

           and Round Table Conferences

               EPCH led a sector delegation to Textiles India 2017 with
           195 exhibitors in home furnishing, made-ups, furniture,
           houseware, decoratives, fashion jewellery & accessories.

               ‘Carving a Niche Market Worldwide for Indian
                                                                  Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India,
           Handcrafted Goods - EPCH organised a round table
                                                                  Dr. Mahesh Sharma, releasing a book titled,  "Handcrafted in India"
           conference on ‘Carving a Niche Market Worldwide for Indian  alongwith Ms. Rosy Greenlees, President, World Crafts Council Int'l, UK;
           Handcrafted Goods’, wherein Hon’ble Union Minister of State  Mr. Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary (Textiles), Govt. of India; Mr. Rajeev
           (I/C) for Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India, Dr. Mahesh Sharma;  Sethi, Founder, Asian Heritage Foundation; Mr. O P Prahladka,
                                                                  Chairman, EPCH; Mr. Ravinder Sharan, EPCH member exporter; and
           Mr. Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary (Textiles), Govt. of India;
                                                                  Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH
           Ms. Rosy Greenlees, President, World Crafts Council; Mr. Rajeev
           Sethi, Founder Asian Heritage Foundation; Mr. O P Prahladka,  Thereafter, Dr. Mahesh Sharma visited the Handicrafts Hall in
           Chairman, EPCH; Mr. Ravinder Sharan, prominent member  the fair and met the Council’s participants.
           exporter; and Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive
           Director, EPCH, came forth to share their
           extensive knowledge and views.
               Dr. Mahesh Sharma emphasised on the
           need to launch a nationwide project to
           preserve the nation’s rich heritage and
           culture. He informed the august gathering of
           the recent launch of the Cultural Mapping of
           India scheme by the Hon'ble Prime Minister
           of India, for registration of artisans on PAN
           India basis.  He shared that 20 crore artisans
           have been already registered in the Rs. 470
           crore scheme, towards recognition of their
           crafts & skills. A book on "Handcrafted in
           India" was also released on this occasion.

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