India Virtual Expo: Kashmir carpets expected to attract buyers from 64 countries
New Delhi: Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Shantmanu has inaugurated five-day 41st India Carpet Expo – Virtual Edition. Mudita Mishra, Additional Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Sohan Kumar Jha, Sr. Director, Arun Yadav, Director were also present on the occasion.
Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Siddh Nath Singh, Chairman, CEPC, Umesh Kumar Gupta, Members of Committee of Administration, CEPC, Executive Director, CEPC, CEO, Carpet & Handicrafts Sector Skill Council and other participants also attended the event.
On the occasion, Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani in a video message conveyed best wishes and invited everyone to explore the beautiful world of Indian Handmade Carpets.
Siddh Nath Singh, Chairman, CEPC in his welcome address conveyed gratitude to Shri Shantmanu, DC (Handicrafts) for his support and guidance without which Council may not be able to organize its activities.
Singh informed that approximately over 150 prominent Member-Exporters from major carpet belt of Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Panipat and Jammu & Kashmir have confirmed their participation.
It was given out that CEPC has also received an overwhelming response from around 300 overseas buyers from over 64 Countries.
Speaking on the inaugural address, Shantmanu mentioned that 41st ICE is a great opportunity for exhibitors as well as buyers and will be beneficial for the 20 lakh weavers and artisans associated with the Carpet Industry directly or indirectly. He said that India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, color, quality & size as per the provisions of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in the International market. “Industry uses diverse raw materials from various ports of India i.e., wool, silk, man made fiber, jute, cotton and various blends of different yarns, he said and added that the industry is having immense potential for growth both in production and Exports. Industry is environment friendly and does not use scarce & perishable energy resources which made the Expo an extremely popular destination worldwide on Handmade Carpets, he added. Over the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for the carpet buyers from all over the globe. It is the endeavour of the Council to provide an exclusive business environment to carpet importers as well as manufacturers and exporters. The committee of administration is expecting the Virtual-Expo to be a grand success, which will be a gateway to a new era of technology, and hence, will open the doors to the global market during Covid-pandemic era. It was also given out that the session informed that Council had also instituted Design Awards and received 65 entries from the participants. The Jury is in the process for selecting the awardees and the Council will announce the Awards on 30th January, 2021. It was further informed that Council is the process to make the Bhadohi Carpet Expo Mart fully functional and is organizing a Curtain Raiser Programme on 7th February, 2021 for the Member-Exporters/ trade. 2021 marks the 3rd virtual edition of the long running tradition of exhibiting the rich cultural essence of the handmade Indian Carpets and Rugs for an international audience. This event is managed & organized by the Carpet Export Promotion Council. The India Carpet Expo is an initiative to bridge the gap between Indian products and demand of Handmade Carpets and floor coverings across the globe in the post pandemic era. It is Asia’s Largest Carpet Expo that offers a unique platform for the buyers & sellers to synergize in order to grow & strengthen the global carpet industry.