Textiles Secretary inaugurates National Level Special Handloom Expo

S K Panda IAS
S K Panda IAS

“Woolen of India”, a National Level Special Handloom Expo was inaugurated by Dr. S. K. Panda, Secretary (Textiles). The exhibition-cum sale is being held at the newly renovated and upgraded Handloom Haat, Janpath (known earlier as Handloom Marketing Complex).

The exhibition will showcase and offer for sale ‘India Handloom’ branded premium handloom products, in addition to wide range of handloom and handicraft products.  It will be open from 30th December, 2015 to 12thJanuary, 2016, from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Handloom Haat is one of three venues identified by the Ministry of Textiles, where year-round exhibitions will now be held.  The other two are Craft Museum and Handloom Pavilion in Pragati Maidan.  Considering the popularity of Dilli Haat, the Government of India has decided to develop the three venues for promotion of handlooms and handicrafts.

Handloom Haat is now open to public, with many new features.  Parking facility is available for more than 150 vehicles, with provision of adequate number of CCTV cameras to ensure safety of visitors.  Street food such aschaat, prepared in hygienic conditions, is also available at the Haat.  A restaurant is also expected to start functioning soon. Handloom and handicraft products of good quality are available in the showrooms.

Shri Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handlooms); Dr. K. Gopal, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other distinguished guests were also present at the inaugural function.

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