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Azad inaugurates Kashmir handicraft expo

New Delhi
Dec 09, 2006:

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated “Kashmir Handicraft Expo-2007” at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, here last evening organized by the J&K Apex Marketing Federation and Industrial Cooperatives.

Later Azad also inaugurated an exhibition Royal Pashmina organized exclusively for promotion of Pashmina shawls by the J&K State Handloom Development Corporation in association with Delhi Crafts Council at Lodhi road. The Corporations are engaged in manufacturing, developmental and promotion of Handicrafts and Handloom in the state.

The Handicrafts Expo, an annual feature held for 2 to 3 months every year showcasing hundreds of exquisite handicraft specimens including, shawls, papier-mâché wood carving and other varieties with rich in designs colour, texture and general appearance was thrown open for public today.

Due to its skillful and high caliber artists and workmen Jammu and Kashmir has traditionally relied on cottage industry for its economic growth.

Speaking on the occasion, Azad highlighted state’s peculiarity and speciality in handicrafts and handloom production. He said these sectors provide greater opportunities of economic development and also generate respectable job to thousands of artisans. He said organizing such exhibition would provide greater avenues to expand market orbit of J&K handicraft and handloom products.

Azad was told that handicraft sector, with approximately 3 lakh artisan involved, generate employment for thousands. The estimated annual production in the state records a whopping INR 800-900 crores. The handloom sector also employees 51847 weavers with 18154 units spread over the length and breadth of the Jammu and Kashmir. - INF

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