NE entrepreneurers take part in world`s largest handicrafts and gifts fair 2015

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NEW DELHI September 18 (MIC): North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFI) has been providing an opportunity for the upcoming Entrepreneurs of Handicraft Sector from North East India to enter into `Export Business`™ through participating in the NEDFi`™s pavilion in the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) at India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida, UP for many years.

In this five-day event of this year from October 14 to 18 which was concluded today, NEDFI provided the opportunity to nine entrepreneurs from Assam, two from Manipur, one from Sikkim and the Bodoland Regional Apex Weavers & Artisans Cooperative Federation Limited for showcasing their products to foreign buyers.

Appreciating the initiatives of NEDFi; Babita Keisham of Natural Textile Collection from Nagamapal Paonam Leikai, Imphal who dealt in Kauna craft products said, `It is a great platform for showcasing and exporting the unique products of the North East India to the foreign buyers. We get the opportunity to interact with the buyers from Australia, Italy, USA, and Spain. Kauna mat has been the main attraction of the buyers after the globalization of Yoga.`

Indira Chirom of Chanu Creations from Thangmeiband Lairenhanjaba Leikai, Imphal who dealt in handloom and home furnishing items said, `Rebecca Hawkins of Celadon, USA has ordered for 150 pieces of throws and cushion items; Riveieres from France 150 piece each of five different colours of Lashing Phee and Mille et Claire from France 250 pieces of floor cushions`. She took part the Fair under NEDFi from 2008.

The various products put up on display at the NEDFi`™s pavilion were silk based products, bamboo and cane products, water hyacinth products, decorative candle, natural dyed silk products, natural dyed silk and cotton stoles, gift and decorative items, home furnishing items and Kauna craft products.

From Assam; Akshya Shree of Arusha Associates, Guwahati dealt in home furnishing items; Bapan Sarkar of Nirman Fabric, Guwahati in handloom stoles and home furnishing; Utpal Sharma of Overseas Trade link, Guwahati in bamboo and natural dyed products; Priyanka Bora of Sanskriti the Designer Collection, Tinsukia in lifestyles accessories; Nasrin Ahmed of NE Texture, Guwahati in handloom stoles and home furnishing; Priyam Hazarika of North East Development Forum, Sivasagar in handicrafts bags and baskets; Gautam Roy Choudhury of I-Weave Handloom Industry of Guwahati in handloom Muga products; Jeenu Muchahary of Kajee creation of Bongaigaon in Eri silk based products; and Grameen Sahar of Chaygaon, Kamrup in Eri silk based handlooms.

Sangay Paidel Bhutia of Zeyma, Ranka dealing in organic handmade lamps was the lone participant from Sikkim.

The 40th edition of world`™s largest handicrafts and gifts fair, IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2015 attracted 2,700 exhibitors of handicrafts drawn from all over the country to exhibit a wide range of products spread over 14 halls covering around 1,90,000 sq. m.

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts so far organized 39 editions of the IHGF in series, which had come to be recognized as `one stop sourcing event` amongst the overseas buying community and as a very effective marketing medium amongst the Indian exporting community.

The fair offered opportunity to the exhibitors and buyers to transact business under one roof at the show venue.

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