Varanasi: The 30th India Carpet Expo (11th in Varanasi), an exclusive trade fair for handmade carpets and other floor-coverings, was declared open on 11th October, 2015.
The Expo is being organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council, in the premises of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. The four-day fair was inaugurated by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Panda, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The fair will remain open for business till 14th October, 2015.
Shri JK Dadoo, IAS, AS & FA, Ministry of Textiles and Commerce; Shri Alok Kumar, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handlooms and Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles; Mr. Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC and Members of the Committee of Administration were also present.
303 exporters of handmade carpets from different craft pockets in India have showcased their products at the Expo.
Interacting with the media, Dr. Panda mentioned that the handmade carpet industry provides employment to people belonging to the weaker sections of the society in rural areas.
Carpet Export Promotion Council has been tasked with training women artisans in Jayapura village and surrounding areas. Besides providing trainers, necessary infrastructure and raw materials, a monthly stipend too is provided to the trainees, under this skill development initiative of the Ministry.
These trained artisans are also being linked with major exporting firms so as to provide them with weaving assignments. This will help the handmade carpet industry in making up for the shortage of skilled weavers, a major worrying factor for the industry.
The Carpet Export Promotion Council has also been assigned to provide carpet weaving looms and work-sheds to these trained artisans of Jayapura Village with the aim of making them self-sufficient entrepreneurs in the days ahead.
The initiative of Ministry of Textiles is in line with the development philosophy “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Dr. Panda requested the media fraternity to extend all possible help to promote the Indian handmade carpet industry. He said that the products displayed in the exhibition clearly establish that India is a producer of wide range of quality products suited to the requirements of buyers & consumers.
440 overseas carpet buyers from 60 countries, mainly from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.A.E., U.K., U.S.A. and Ukraine have registered with the Council to visit the fair. Selected buyers from each country have been offered incentives by the Council to visit the fair.
On the very first day of the fair, more than 220 overseas carpet buyers registered their presence along with 180 buying representatives. Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC conveyed his sincere gratitude to the Govt. of India on behalf of the carpet industry for the financial support for organizing India Carpet Expo.
He expressed confidence that the Expo will generate good business and has requested the media to extend their full support to the cottage based, employment oriented handmade carpet industry that provides employment to millions of artisans/weavers.