Business is brisk on second day running

KATHMANDU: Ilam tea and Pokhara honey were doing roaring business on the second day of the 8th Handicraft Fair and 6th Craft Competition which seemed more crowded than on the first day.

Visitors to the fair got tea and honey at cheaper rates compared to market prices. All classes of people can afford it. Dinesh, a student, and Suchitra, a housewife,

declared that they bought the tea because it was cheaper at the fair. Other products are also doing good business. “I’m satisfied with the sales,”said Urmila Shrestha, proprietor of Urmi Handloom. She did business worth Rs 7000 today.

Candles, purses, jewellery, shoes, shawls, paintings and many more items are the attraction of the fair. People seemed so fascinated with the products that they were buying without worrying about the cost.

Kausar Barlas, executive designer of Barlas Creative Business, said he bought toys for his child because they were attractive. Most people were attracted to the smaller things rather than expensive statues or silver ware, etc.

The majority of the stall owners seemed glad at the sales of their products. They said that they were not much satisfied but things were going well. Some of people had displayed their products for the first time in the fair. An ex-member of Mahila Sip Bikas said, “This is our first time at the fair. People are liking our products and purchasing them. Though we’re not having large profit, our products are selling well.” She added they are selling products at five per cent less than the actual market price.

Most of the products in the fair are only for display. As a result, visitors are not able to buy the whole range of products available in the fair. Many visitors expressed disappointment at this. The organisers said that most of the stalls have been put up only for marketing and business contacts.