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Jhartex to offer platform to rural artisan and weavers

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Ranchi, Nov. 4: As a part of the state’s foundation day celebrations, the Government of Jharkhand in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organising JHARTEX – a mega handloom, textile and handicraft trade fair from November 4 to 8, 2015 at Morabadi Ground, Ranchi.

The trade fair aims to promote the textile, handloom and handicraft sector in the country, with special emphasis on Jharkhand, and to highlight the artisans’ talent and cultural diversity.

Inaugurating the fair on Wednesday, state HRD minister Dr. Neera Yadav said, “Being a tribal state, Jharkhand is famous for its indigenous artistic handicraft and Jhartex has provided a platform to the rural artisan and weavers to showcase their products.” Dr. Yadav also admired the efforts taken by Jharcraft in helping and providing rural people with self-employment.

Mr. Tarun Daga, chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (ER) and managing director, Tinplate Company of India Ltd., said, “The textile industry has made a major contribution to the national economy in terms of direct and indirect employment generation and net foreign exchange earnings. Jharkhand is known for its tasar silk varieties in India and now with the impetus on exports, it has made a mark globally.” He further said, “CII and government of Jharkhand formed a joint taskforce in 2013 with the objective to promote ‘Brand Jharkhand’.”

Mr. AT Mishra, managing director, Jharcraft, and special secretary, Jharkhand department of industry, also graced the occasion. Mishra said that the foundation day of Jharkhand could not be celebrated in a better way than this.  He highlighted that around 120 exhibitors participating from Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, West Bengal, Haryana, Orissa, Nagpur, Lucknow, Varanasi and others are participating in the trade fair titled “Jhartex.”

“This showcases the rich history and artisan diversity of each state of the country in the area of textile, handloom and handicraft,” Mishra said, adding, “Jhartex gives a platform to the rural artisan and weavers to showcase their product and the shilpagram platform in Jhartex provides a platform for display of wide range of handicraft products that seem to be endangered in the foreseeable future.”

Visitors can also get a glimpse of live demonstrations by women and men artisans at the fair.

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