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Handloom fair to generate Rs 5m revenue for Gujarat weavers
Sep '11
The on-going handloom and handicrafts fair at 'Shilpi Haat' in Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan in Delhi is expected to earn five million rupees in revenues to artisans and weavers who are associated with the Gujarat State Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd (GSHHDC).

The fair, organized by the Gujarat government to market its handloom and handicraft products at a national level, is to go on for 14 days.

BK Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary (Ports and Transport) of Gujarat Government, at the inauguration of the exhibition-cum-sale, said that handicrafts of the State and especially the handloom and handicraft products of Kutch district are well-known and weavers of the region have bagged many national as well as international awards for their craftsmanship.

Printed and woven clothes, bead work, tribal art and embroidery are also included in the list of crafts of Gujarat. Around 50 craftsmen from Gujarat are participating in the event.

B Venkateswaralu, Assistant Manager of GSHHDC, said that they are trying to promote the State's crafts across the country to the maximum extent and Shilpi Haat is the best platform for the purpose. Around 15 of the 35 to 40 Gujarat-specific artworks are well-known crafts, with majority of them being leather, beadwork and other crafts, he added.

AK Jha, Managing Director of GSHHDC, while underlining several schemes for the sector, said that the weavers have been provided with latest tool kits to help them prepare products that match the market demand. Toolkits are provided to the weavers and artisans at 65 percent subsidized rates while for the rest 35 percent they are given loans.

Cotton and Rural Industries Secretary, AM Solanki said several training and design development schemes of the State government have been extended to thousands of weavers and artisans in rural, urban and even remote regions of the State. The items prepared by these artisans have been appreciated not just at national but even at international level. The schemes, he said, have proved helpful in generating sustainable opportunities for livelihood for artisans in the State.

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