Handicrafts is one traditional art that Nepalis boast of and Nepal is known for, globally.
Continuing the tradition and promoting the art, the Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal in coordination with the government bodies is organizing the 13th Handicraft Trade Fair & 14th Handicraft Competitions at Bhrikutimandap on November 14, 2018.
This fair, also supported by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Supply and Trade & Export Promotion Centre, aims to develop and promote the domestic handicraft market.
With ‘Handicraft: Prospects for Prosperity’ as the slogan, the organizers are keen on developing this trade fair as a business hub for handicraft among SAARC regions.
The fair will feature around 200 stalls in the exhibition including those from the district association and commodity association, FHAN informed in a press release.
Besides, there will also be 20 stalls for international handicraft traders from SAARC countries: India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The 13th trade fair will have on display a wide varieties of wood & metal crafts, gold & silver jewellery, woollen, cotton & Dhaka products, natural fibre & bamboo, among various other handicraft products.
As part of the trade fair, FHAN will showcase handicraft products made by locals belonging to more than 45 FHAN-affiliated districts, entrepreneurs of goods association and small cottage entrepreneurs.
Besides the trade fair, the organizers are also presenting the 14th handicraft competition with the core objective of recognizing and felicitating talented artists. Wax statue and Dhaka stitching are going to be conducted under handicraft competition in the fair.
Alongside programs, the fair will also feature discussion programmes on contemporary issues pertaining to the handicraft sector.
As part of the fair, various companies are going to announce their product line-up for the 2019-20 period. Various other interesting aspects such as variety of food dishes and costumes from different cultures and communities form the highlights of the trade fair.
To be inaugurated by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, the trade fair will also see the announcement of Lalitpur Metropolitan as the ‘Craft City’ at the inaugural event.
Handicraft sector means a lot for Nepal majorly because of its ability to contribute to the Nepali export basket.
The domestic market holds handicraft demand worth NPR 10 billion, which is also similar to what country exports to world nations as handicraft exports. As of now, Nepali handicraft products exports cater to the requirements of more than 25 global markets including USA, Europe, China and India.
More than 1.1 million population are getting direct and indirect employment from the handicrafts industry, which is also a key contributor to eliminating poverty in Nepal.
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