Agartala (Tripura), Jan.17: A vast variety of exquisite, traditional artefacts by more than 300 artisans and craftsperson from 10 states attracted a steady stream of visitors on the concluding day of an annual handicraft fair in Tripura capital Agartala.
The visitors at the fair seemed delighted with the collection on display.
“It feels really nice to visit this fair as I also got to see all the decorative artefacts and handicraft items,” said a visitor, Narayan Debnath.
Handicrafts, textiles and decorative objects were the highlight of the fair as visitors thronged the apparels and showpieces sections as well.
The exhibition called “SARAS” began on January 03 and was organised under the aegis of the Ministry of State Rural Development and District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), aimed at providing a platform to small-scale artisans to enable them to showcase their products and also provide a boost to their business which is not exposed to bigger markets.
At the exhibition this year, 450 stalls were put up, out of which 420 were run by self-help groups.
Traders from various states including northern Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and other northeastern states like Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim participated in the fair.
Ever since its inception in 1980 by the Ministry of Rural Development, SARAS (Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Societies) has been providing a unique opportunity to artists from various parts of the country to display crafts, handlooms and rare handmade products.
Meanwhile, another visitor at the fair said it is not only a platform for the items to be showcased but one also gets to experience varied cultures of India.
“I am feeling really good as the local and traditional artefacts displayed here are mostly hand-made and I am very happy to meet the residents of those states, which help me understand their culture and tradition,” said Suresh Sharma, a visitor.
The exhibition also ensured that the crafts persons and consumers dealt directly, without any middleman exploiting them to make a quick buck.
The fair also aimed at facilitating the Special Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY) beneficiaries, rural artisans, craftsperson, self-help groups (SHGs) and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) from all over India to exhibit and sell their impressive range of rural wares and products and interact on a large scale. (ANI)