Sachin Pilot Inaugurates the ‘Colours of Teej’

The Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot inaugurated the ‘Colours of Teej’ an exclusive exhibition by artisans and weavers from Rajasthan in Delhi. The Exhibition is part of the series of thematic Handicrafts Exhibitions that are organized on fortnightly basis in association with various State Handicrafts Development Organizations at Shilpi Haat at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan. Secretary Textiles Smt Rita Menon was also present on the occasion. This special exhibition coinciding with Teej Festival is being organized from today till 12th August. The exhibition will feature wide range of handicrafts products from Rajasthan covering Miniature paintings, Tie & Dye Textiles, Phad paintings, Lac Bangles, Wood carvings , Leather works, Jutti, Jewellery etc. produced by Award winning artisans & Master crafts persons are on display and sale. During the weekend the cultural progrmmes will also be organized. The people of Delhi specially art lovers should utilize this rare opportunity of witnessing the entire range of Rajasthan Handicrafts at one place and extend their support for the artisans.
The Shilpi Haat is another facility created by the Office of the Development Commissioner(Handicrafts) to provide Marketing avenue where 50 permanent stalls had been constructed for this purpose. This Haat is in operation since last November. The Handicrafts Sector plays a significant & important role in the country’s economy. It provides employment to a vast segment of craft persons in rural & Semi Urban areas and generates substantial foreign exchange for the country, while preserving its cultural Heritage. Office of the Development Commissioner(Handicrafts) under Ministry of Textiles is implementing various promotional and Developmental schemes for holistic growth and development of Handicrafts sector in the country. Marketing is one of the primary needs for a craftsman. Various Marketing interventions for extending Marketing Support at Domestic and International levels are organized under Marketing Support Service Scheme of this office. Round the year exhibitions programmes namely Gandhi Shilp Bazar, Crafts bazaars, Exhibitions, Sourcing shows are organized which give an opportunity to the crafts persons to participate directly for selling of their products to public. During 2011-12, 475 Domestic Marketing events are proposed to be conducted at different parts of the country and in 2010-11, 371 programmes had been organized.