Guwahati, Aug 22, ANI: Throwing light on the art of northeastern region, a ten-day handicrafts exhibition showcasing handmade decorative items made of bamboo, cane and jute is underway here.
The fair is organised by NEDFi (North Eastern Development And Finance Corporation Limited)
The exhibition aims to showcase products made by artisans from the remote villages of the northeast and give them a platform to market their products, Business Development Officer of NEDFi, Ashim Kumar Das informed.
“We are supporting handloom and handicraft industries and for that we have schemes with low interest rates, which goes upto 8.5 percent also. Most of the units in Arunachal Pradesh are in tailoring, garments and normal handloom stores. They make traditional clothes and some units, which are making candles,” Das said.
The item on display included flowers made from various materials, jute and cotton bags, collection of intricately made bamboo masks, attractive candle holders and other household items such as trays and wall hangings.
Other items on display are hand-woven fabrics with exquisite embroidery, tribal ornaments and toys made of straw and floral motifs.
Artisans from Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam displayed their work at the fair.
“I am not taking any help from the government. I am investing on my own, and trying to expand my business. I feel that the sale will increase. Many children and girls are contacting me to teach them this art,” Dakge Lomri, a participant from Arunachal Pradesh, said.
The northeastern region has a rich crafts tradition, but it has not been able to get the desired exposure across the country.
This exhibition was also organised with the aim of reviving crafts of the northeast region that are on the verge of extinction. (ANI)