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Indian Textiles Ministry signs MoU for welfare of SC artisans

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation NSFDC, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles. The MoU aims to help Scheduled Caste artisans and their families by promoting production and marketing of high value quality handicrafts products at cluster level in the field of handicrafts, cane & bamboo, artificial jewellery, textiles (hand printed, hand embroidery), dolls & toys, stone carving, […]

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Indian Government promotes ‘brand image’ of handicrafts in global market

Indian Government has started promoting brand image of Indian handicrafts, including handmade carpets and other floor coverings, in global markets. The Government has initiated steps like Market Development Assistance (MDA) Grant and Market Access Initiative (MAI) Assistance for participation in fairs & exhibitions/reverse/buyer-seller meet in India and abroad to promote Indian handicrafts. This information was shared by the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani. North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation Ltd. (under the administrative […]

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Jharkhand (India) entrepreneurs to promote silk, handicraft in Dubai

Entrepreneurs from the Jharkhand, India will promote silk, lac, traditional and other handicraft products depicting cultural heritage of the state during the Global Fair 2018, to be held in Dubai. This was announced by the Chief Minister Raghubar Das. The participation of entrepreneurs from Jharkhand will serve as platform to promote local products in national and international markets. The State Government has decided to appoint a coordinator on district, block and village level to communicate […]

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India’s EPCH participates at Maison & Objet in France

India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is participating at Maison & Objet 2017 and exhibiting Indian handicrafts products under the banner of “India – Magic of Gifted Hands” in Paris, France. Maison & Objet is a major French trade fair for interior designs. Held bi-annually in January and September, the fair has been described as among the three most important European events for interior design. It is known for huge collection of innovation and […]

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Indian handicraft exports note 8.3% growth: EPCH

India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has reported that handicraft exports from the country registered growth of 8.3 per cent in the April-December period of this fiscal year to US $2.67 billion from a year ago. This news has come at the time when textile and garment sector failed to grab desired growth. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH said that usually the last quarter sees a lot of handicraft exports. So, we expect […]

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India’s Textiles, Environment Ministries to discuss issues in handicraft sector

India’s Textiles Ministry and Ministry of Environment are soon expected to host a meeting in order to find short- and long-term solutions for the challenges being faced by domestic handicrafts exporters. In her address at an export award function, while pointing out the wood industry and the woodcrafts sector need the support of Environment Ministry, Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani said that her colleague in the Environment Ministry Anil Madhav Dave was extremely cognizant […]

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Open schools, industry must join hands for workers’ education: Indian Textiles Minister

Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Government of India has urged EPCH (Export Promotion Council For Handicrafts) to tie up with National Institute of Open School and open universities like IGNOU so that artisans and their children get better and easy education. “Workers are the backbone of our industry and we should treat them as our family members and also take care of them,” she said during the 21st EPCH Export Awards function, which took […]

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Indian Textiles Minister honours handicraft exporters

India’s Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani gave away awards for outstanding performance in exports of handicrafts for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to various handicraft exporters at the 21st edition of EPCH Awards. More than 130 exporters got recognition in various categories. As far as awards related to textile-based handicrafts are concerned, Malani Impex Inc. (Jaipur) and Mani Fashions & Accessories, Noida won in this category, while  House of Incas (New Delhi) was honoured […]

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Indian Textiles Minister to felicitate handicraft exporters

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has announced that the awards for outstanding performance in exports of handicrafts for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15 will be distributed on the 9th January, 2017 to more than 60 handicraft exporters at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi. The chief guest of the function will be Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles. Also, Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles and K.K. Jalan, Secretary, MSME and Additional Charge of Ministry […]

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Indian handicraft industry optimistic on achieving export target of Rs. 23,560 crore

India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicraft (EPCH), one of the most active EPCs of the country, is content with its performance in 2016 and is equally enthusiastic about 2017. Rakesh Kumar, ED of EPCH told Apparel Resources, “The year 2016 was satisfactory as far as export performance is concerned. Handicraft exports during the year 2015-16 was of Rs. 21,457.91 crore with overall 6.85 per cent increase in comparison to last year. During the first seven […]

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Review: 42nd India Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF)

The recently concluded 42nd India Handicraft and Gift Fair (IHGF) Autumn 2016, organized by EPCH (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts), was a perfect platform to see new developments of various Indian home furnishing exporters. Most of the exhibitors were happy with the buyers’ footfall and the further order bookings. More focus on product development, exploring newer markets and improvements on required fronts – be it manufacturing – upgradations are the basics. But the only possible […]

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India’s EPCH appeals Union Finance Minister to exempt Handicrafts from GST

The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has sent a delegation of the manufacturers, exporters and industry associations from all over India to Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, highlighting the concerns of the handicrafts sector in the forthcoming GST regime and requesting handicrafts sector to be exempted from the GST. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH said, “GST regime may be tough on craftspersons engaged in the production of over US $ 5 billion worth of […]

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IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016 concludes fruitfully

The recently concluded 42nd edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016, one of Asia’s largest gifts and handicrafts fair held biannually, held from October 14-18, 2016 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, India, noted a 7 per cent surge in exhibitors to 2,980 as against 2,750 last year. The exhibitors showcased their products in 14 product segments including handicrafts in home, lifestyle, fashion, gifts and furniture. The number of product lines also increased to 2,000 […]

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Indian handicraft exports to grow at 10% in FY 2017: EPCH

India’ Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has reported that handicraft exports from India will grow at the rate of 10 per cent to Rs. 23,560 crore in FY 2017 owing to the rise in demand in the new traditional markets across the globe, especially in Latin America Europe and Middle East. The export growth during the April-September 2016 period was reported as 18.25 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 13,0005.35 crore. Also Read – EPCH […]

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IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016 sees rise in buyers’ visitation

The 42nd edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn 2016, one of Asia’s largest gifts and handicrafts fair held biannually, organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) of India, a nodal agency for promotion and development of handicrafts that has been organizing the fair for the last 22 years, will end today with surge in buyers’ footfall. As per the Government release, besides many Indian leading retail chains like Archies, The Bombay Store, Good Earth Pvt. […]

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