Aakriti Sawhney Aakriti Sawhney Aakriti SawhneyAakriti Sawhney , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 15, 2011
First Published: 17:31 IST(15/11/2011)
Last Updated: 00:57 IST(16/11/2011)
An Afghani stall selling wallets and mobile cases at the Afghan pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF). Keeping its annual date with Delhi, the 31st India International Trade Fair (IIFT) kicked off at Pragati Maiden on Monday. The fair, which has a great assortment of products on display at various national and international pavilions, however, opens for general public only on November 19. And, as Delhiites gear up to hit the trade fair, we get you glimpses from the fair, along with products to watch out for while you are there.
As soon as you enter the fair from gate no. 7, you will be greeted by the Jammu and Kashmir pavilion that has a wide range of products, from Kashmiri Pashmina shawls and dry fruits to paintings. The dry fruit stalls have been put up by the state tourism.
The next pavilion in line is from Bihar and looks a tad different from last year. To up the fashion quotient of the pavilion, students of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Patna, along with various artisans, are presenting a contemporary range of dresses from Bhagalpur. While here, make sure to check out the famous Madhubani paintings.
Gujarat Pavilion, with its ever-popular range of cane and bamboo products, is next. Stalls offering Mina work done in oxidised metal are a major attraction here. “Earlier, this work was carried out in gold jewellery, but now we do it only for décor pieces,” says owner Ganpat Bhai Soni from Ahmedabad.
With an array of handicrafts, sarees, Ganesha idols, footwear and bags from different cities on offer, the Maharashtra pavilion made its mark on the first day. “Our motive is to present products from all the cities, and include lesser known artisans,” says Radhika Rastogi,...