Handicraft exhibition gets good response

Kathmandu, February 25:

The third day of the 7th Handicraft Trade Fair witnessed a good influx of visitors. The event that has been organised with the major objectives of showcasing quality Nepali handicrafts and to ascertain its demand in the domestic market, is providing visitors an opportunity to browse through a wide array of hand-made arts and crafts under a single roof.

Handicrafts that are being showcased at the event are not only of international standard but there are also masterpieces, which reflect Nepali art and culture, said Bikash Ratna Dhakhwa, coordinator of the event.

A 15 feet tall metal Shakyamuni Buddha statue made of ‘Loss Wax Process’ and similar other statues made with repousse technology are some of the major attractions at the event.

Arts and crafts, gift wares, handicrafts and decorative products are the main exhibits with emphasis on pashmina, woollen goods, silver jewellery, handmade paper products, wood and stone crafts, bone and horn products and ceramics, leather products, incense and bead items.

Live demonstration, 5th craft competition, and cultural and musical programmes along with fashion shows are other attractions at the event.

B P Gautam, executive chairman, Divine Group and Company Inc Ltd, said that the event has provided ample opportunities to exhibit products.

“Responses from retailers and exporters have been very encouraging. Some orders have been placed and as we are focusing on our commercial promotion and not selling any product from the stall, people are very enthusiastic to visit our showrooms,” Gautam said.

A seminar on ‘Micro-enterprise: Preservation of Tradition and Tapping Global Opportunities’ is also being organised in the exhibition. Delegates from Europe are participating in the seminar, which is supposed to be a reciprocal programme for earlier ones organised at France.

“This seminar is focussing on informing the European market about Nepali arts and crafts and helping micro-level entrepreneurs to develop their products in such a way that they would be able to tap global markets,” said Shivendra Sharma, project director-Nepal Micro Invest IT.