IMPHAL: India's North-Eastern States, one of the richest in terms of eco-friendly crafts, exported handicrafts and handloom products to the tune of Rs 1,121.75 crore during the year 2015-16.
The eight North-Eastern States - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura - are home to a large number of tribes and sub-tribes who bring into this region's export basket, natural and handmade products from about 450 different communities.
"Handicraft exports from North-Eastern States are poised to make quantum jump. During 2015-16, the handicrafts exports were to the tune of Rs 1,121.75 crore over the previous year from that region," Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), Executive Director, Rakesh Kumar said recently.
The North-Eastern States have abundant natural material such as cane, bamboo, timber, silk, clay, natural fibre, etc.
As many as 26 crafts exporters from the North-Eastern States are showcasing their products at the 43rd Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF)- Delhi Fair Spring 2017 in the India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida Expressway.
"We have also provided handholding to five entrepreneurs towards this participation. This international participation will definitely boost the morale of the small and upcoming entrepreneurs of this region and motivate others to step-up their efforts in product design and innovation, so that they can also get connected to the international buying community," he said.
Over 6,500 foreign buyers from more than 80 countries, buying agents based in India and domestic retail volume buyers visited the mega fair to source their requirements.
Apart from exporters from the North-Eastern states, more than 3,000 exhibitors, including 900 permanent marts from all over the country, are also showcasing products in 14 different categories, at "the world's largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof" which will culminate on February 20.