Governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, along with India Exim Bank’s Managing Director Harsha Bangari, and Deputy Managing Director, N. Ramesh, inaugurated the 8th edition of ‘Exim Bazaar’ at MVIRDC World Trade Centre’s Expo Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai today. The Bazaar, organized by India Exim Bank, will showcase traditional and contemporary art and craft products from across the country from Sunday, December 19 to Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
Complimenting the role Exim Bazaar plays to strengthen India’s handicraft and handloom sector, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “Artisans faced immense losses as their business scope was much impacted due to the pandemic. For women and their families, it was especially tough to handle financial and domestic stress in the lockdown. Opportunities like the Bazaar should be encouraged to display one’s work and make up for the lost time.”
Exim Bazaar gives the people of Mumbai an opportunity to not only decorate their homes this new year by shopping from a range of textiles, apparels, crafts, ceramics, and home decor products but also assumes significance as it aims to support local, home-grown, traditional craftsman and artisans from various states and the hinterlands of India.
Artisans from various states across the country, including Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, Kashmir, Telangana, Haryana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are present in the exhibition. Some of the participating artisans and weavers who are exhibiting their diverse range of skills, talents and techniques are national and state awardees. Art forms such as Madhubani paintings, leather puppetry, Warli paintings, Pichwai paintings, Phulkari embroidery, Pattachitra paintings, Phad paintings, Banarasi silk fabrics, lac bangles, Kawad paintings, Kalamkari paintings, Chanderi weaving, ceramic pottery, Bidri and Dhokra art among others are on display and available for sale at this exhibition.
Dharmendra Sachan, General Manager, India Exim Bank said, “India Exim Bank assists artisans, master craftsmen, weavers, clusters, self-help groups, NGOs, grassroots and micro enterprises through capacity building, participation at trade fairs and exhibitions both in India and overseas and sourcing overseas buyers and distributors, under its Grassroots Initiatives and Development (GRID) and Marketing Advisory Services (MAS) programmes. The assistance under these programmes has enabled financial empowerment, employment generation and promotion of entrepreneurship among individual artisans, and ensuring the survival of century old traditional handicraft and handloom products and sustenance of the traditional heritage of Indian crafts. Under the GRID and MAS programmes, the Bank is also supporting the Government of India’s One District One Product initiative, by identifying products with export potential from various districts of India as shahi litchi from Muzaffarpur (Bihar), saffron from Kashmir and sports goods from Jalandhar.”