IHGF-Delhi fair to begin from Oct 14 at Greater Noida
GREATER NOIDA: The 42nd edition of Indian Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) Delhi will begin from Oct 14 -18 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The IHGF-Delhi fair is a B2B event (not for public, only for business entrepreneurs) with over 2950 exhibitors from all over the country who will be displaying their goods to expected 5000 buyers from more than 110 countries.
Organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the IHGF-Delhi autumn fair will display approximately 2000 products from home furnishings, designs, lifestyle, fashion jewellery and accessories, textiles and more. Others include gifts and decoratives, furniture, lamps and lighting, Christmas and festive decor, carpets, rugs, bathroom accessories, garden decoratives, educational toys and games, handmade paper products, leather bags and cases candles, incense and potpourri etc.
Unlike other fairs, this fair has only Indian exhibitors while buyers constitute from all over the globe to source varied range of products from India to cater to all segment of consumers in their country.
According to Rakesh Kumar, executive director EPCH the specialty of this fair is that products from all range and quality will be on display where buyers can choose for high end, middle and mass consumers.
Also, amongst the Indian products, the range is mostly hand-crafted, eco-friendly as the raw materials are from natural fibres and dyes with minimal use of machines – only for finishing purposes. “India still has the distinction of exclusivity in terms of product, design, colours and raw material base,” said Kumar.
Over 5000 overseas buyers from more than 110 countries such as Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and UK from Europe along with USA, Canada, Mexico, and Latin American Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia and others will be visiting the fair.
From African countries buyers are expected from Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria etc. Other important countries include China, Japan, Israel, Australia, New-Zealand, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore and more.
“This will be the biggest B2B exhibition in the NCR region (to be held at India Expo Mart and centre in Greater Noida) because it boasts a 1,90,000 sq. mtrs covered space of display,” said Kumar.
With increasing growth of domestic retailers what with 33.62% registered growth in the export of hand printed textiles, scarves and embroidered goods, 16.35% growth in wood ware and 8.08% growth in fashion jewellery and accessories segment during 2015-16, the domestic volume retailers are expected from Archie’s, The Bombay Store, Good Earth Pvt. Ltd, West Side, Home Town, Home Centre, Home Stop along with e-commerce companies such as Pepperfry, fab furnish, urban ladder and flipkart.
And the trend is on the rise. “During the first six months of the current financial year 2016-17, art metal wares registered a growth of 33.62% followed by hand printed textiles, embroidered goods with 14.39% and wood wares with 14.13% growth,” said Dinesh Kumar, chairman EPCH.
According to Kumar, the handicraft exports during the year 2015-16 was Rs 21457.91 crores with overall 6.85% increase in comparison to previous year. And during the first six month of current financial year ie 2016-17, export to the tune of Rs 13005.35 crore has already been met.