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New Delhi: To promote widely popular traditional handloom & handicrafts items in capital, the Gujarat Government has organized an exhibition cum sale for 14 days at “Shilpi Haat”, Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan. The exhibition was inaugurated today by lighting the lamps by Shri B.K. Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary, [Ports & Transport] of Gujarat Government here.

Gujarat has an array a rich variety of crafts. Its embroidery, bead work, wood crafts, printed and woven clothes, pottery and tribal art are expression of the folklore and festivals. The exclusive range of these works of craftsmen and woven imbued with the social and cultural hue of the region from where they have sprung are original in nature and craftsmanship. Today far moved from the hut or the village of the craftsman, pieces of handicrafts come to adorn the houses of the elite, the five star hotels both at home and abroad. The entire range of these variety are showcasing in exhibition for sale.

After inaugurating the exhibition, Shri B.K. Sinha appraised that Gujarat handicrafts and particularly handlooms and handicrafts items of Kutch region are very popular and weavers of this district have won numerous national and international awards for their artisan skills.

Shri A.M. Solanki, Secretary, Cottage and Rural Industries said that thousands of artisans/weavers, who are inhabited in rural, urban and even remote area of Gujarat are covered under various schemes of State Government for training and designs development. Their products have received acclamation not only across the country but also overseas. The State Government schemes have helped in creating sustainable employment opportunities and income generation to the artisans working in the area of handloom and handicrafts, which is a non farming sector of our Indian economy.

Highlighting various schemes of this sector, MD of Gujarat State Handloom & Handicrafts Development Ltd., Shri A.K. Jha said that modern toolkits are provided to the weavers to produce their products according to the market demand. From the total cost of toolkits, 65% subsidy of value are given to the artisans and weavers while they get 35% loan of value of the toolkits. Approximately, 50 artisans are participating in this exhibition. They are getting marginal profit directly without any middlemen, he added.

Shri Bharat Lal, Resident Commissioner and other senior officers from Government of Gujarat and Central Government attended the inaugural function.

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