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India's Varanasi to get design studio for handlooms
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Oct '13
The Varanasi district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh would be getting a new design studio for local handloom products, which would be established with help from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in the district, announced Development Commissioner of Handlooms Balvinder Kumar, at the recently concluded 4th edition of the buyers-sellers meet for handicrafts and textiles HINDTEX 2013.
 
Mr. Kumar said the Indian Government has also sanctioned funds for two special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in the form of a modern dye house and a value addition center, both at an estimated cost of Rs. 120 million each, to be constructed in the district.
 
Another SPV has been agreed upon by the Government, wherein FabIndia, one of the largest retail ventures in India on traditional crafts and fabrics would exhibit crafts and fabrics of Varanasi at its showrooms across the country, he added.
 
The HINDTEX 2013, a three-day buyers-seller meet for handicrafts and textiles, held in Varanasi, was organized by the Eastern Uttar Pradesh Exporters Association (EUPEA).
 
HINDTEX chairman Rajiv Agrawal said the meet is getting bigger every year in terms of exposure and variety of products on display, and there has also been a tremendous increase in the number of international buyers as well as representatives of Indian buying houses, agents and textile brands from across the country.
 
This year’s meet had 38 stalls displaying an array of exquisite items including fashion silks, cotton, synthetic and metallic fabrics, sarees and garments, exclusive fabrics and furnishing items with digital prints, carpets with various patterns and colors, as well as handicraft items, he added.
 

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