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Textiles Minister tells handicrafts exporters to innovate
Oct '15
Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar has said that handicraft exporters should innovate and come up with new products so that buyers who visit the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF) in Delhi take back the impression that they these kinds of products cannot be sourced from anywhere else, according to an official press release.

Gangwar's comments came while inaugurating the 40th edition of the IHGF. He said handicrafts of India have a distinct image and Indian handicrafts can be further promoted through fairs of this kind. The IHGF is being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).

“India has a treasure trove of raw materials, craftsmanship and ethnic traditions and systems, and we need to reorient to bring innovation and novelty,” he said.

The Minister pointed out that handicrafts sector provides employment to more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons who are the backbone of the sector. He said that Government and exporting community need to work together for the promotion of this sector, the release said.

Dr. S.K. Panda, Secretary (Textiles), congratulated the handicrafts sector for achieving very good growth figures. He said that handicrafts sector not only earns foreign exchange but also provides livelihood to large number of artisans. He urged the exporting community to look at growth in an inclusive way and adopt villages so that the livelihood of the artisans who are backbone of the handicrafts sector can be improved. (SH)

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