The India-Nepal Folk Crafts Festival, themed ‘redefining folk crafts towards sustainable development’, that aims at boosting artisan-based cultural ties between the two countries is currently being held in Nepal.
The five-day cultural festival, set to be held from November 07-11, 2017 at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu, will be featuring more than 50 Indian artisans and craft persons, and more than 30 Nepali artisans.
Over 80 thematic pavilions focusing on Indian and Nepali folk crafts, design workshops, live demonstration by craft persons, buyer-seller meetings, food stalls and a Khadi fashion show are among other highlights of the event.
The event will also be witnessing the participation of Miss Nepal title winners Asmi Shrestha, Evana Manandhar and other models such as Sonalika Sahay, Sana Dua and Amanpreet Wahi in creative designs by renowned designers.
“Cross-cultural festivals are ideal opportunities for effective tie-up and comprehensive collaboration between Nepal and India for a larger cooperation in the field of arts and crafts, thus providing a platform to the artisans to exchange ideas and explore trade collaborations between the two countries,” said the program organizer South Asia Foundation (SAF) in a press statement on November 06, 2017.
The event is being held in association with the Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations (COHANDS) and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and SAARC Business Association of Home-Based Workers (SABAH) Nepal.
The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is sponsoring and the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi and BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation (BPKF) are supporting the event.