Dwivedi inaugurates handicrafts, handlooms exhibition at Kala Kendra

Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce inspecting a stall at Handlooms Exhibition on Saturday.
Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce inspecting a stall at Handlooms Exhibition on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 6: Commissioner Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, inaugurated fortnight Exhibition cum Craft Mela, 2021 at Kala Kendra today.
Pertinently, about 44 stalls by a number of registered artisans, weavers and cooperatives are showcasing variety of handicrafts and handloom items at the exhibition.
Prominent items being exhibited at the event included Basohli paintings, Basohli pashmina, chikri wood craft, staple embroidery, modern art, papier machie and other local crafts.
Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Secretary said that events like these give craftsmen an opportunity to showcase their unique art and provide them a marketplace besides giving the public a chance to appreciate their skill.
He said that to give a long term perspective to the handicrafts and handloom sector, Jammu Trade Centre is being established at Exhibition Ground Jammu. In the building, artisans from all over J&K would be given a chance to display their crafts for extended periods of time, he added.
He said that recently an MoU has been signed with Flipkart, through which artisans would be able to directly sell their products all over the country. A similar tie-up with Amazon is also in pipeline, he informed. He also suggested that there be a local online portal for craftsmen where they can showcase and sell all kinds of crafts of J&K and even deal with bulk buyers.
Director Handicrafts & Handlooms Department, Dr Vikas Gupta, informed that nearly 20000 artisans and weavers are registered with the department and 4017 trainees are undergoing skill development training. Besides, digital platforms like virtual fairs and e-market places were provided to craftsmen to connect to online buyers for sale of their products during COVID pandemic. He revealed that artisans and weavers from Jammu were also made to participate in Vijay Utsav and Diwali Utsav at Noida Haat.
Artists of Information Department also presented cultural songs and dances at the event.
P.S.Manhas, Joint Director, Handlooms, Jammu; Anju Gupta, Joint Director Handicrafts, Jammu; Gulam Rasool, Dy. Director Adm; Masooda Akhter, Deputy Director(Trg), Fareed Kohli, Development Officer (Textile), Megha Boagia, Deputy Director(Planning); Joginder Mangol, Deputy Registrar INDUSCOS & Assistant Directors Handicrafts/ Handloom were also present on the occasion.