European Union is one of the leading importers of Indian handicrafts and the exports to European Union had remained on increasing trend. The exports of Indian handicrafts to European Union has grown to Rs. 6029.70 crores during 2015-16 as compared to 5641.23 crore during 2014-15. In European Union, France has a special place and is one of the largest importers of the Indian products particularly houseware and homeware handicrafts.
Mr. Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH said that in view of tremendous business opportunities in European market, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is participating in “Maison&Objet 2017” and organized thematic display of selected Indian handicrafts products under the banner of “India – Magic of Gifted Hands” in Hall no. 1 (Eclectic Sector) at the venue Paris Nord Villepinte, France (20 – 24 January, 2017). The premium products on display includes Home Décor, Home Textiles & furnishing, Christmas decoration, metal art ware, glassware, leather crafts, furniture decorative etc These Products were sourced from more than 20 Indian manufactures from different handicrafts clusters such as Andhra Pradesh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Moradabad, New Delhi, Agra , Firozabad .
The objective of the thematic display is to create interest of visitors in Indian handicrafts which included products like hard goods, textiles & furnishing and gifts items, thus depicting home, life style, fashion and textile products from India.
Mr. Manish Prabhat, Deputy Chief of Mission accompanying Mr. Sarvjeet Soodan, Head of Economic & Commercial Wing, Embassy of India in Paris, France inaugurated the EPCH thematic pavilion by lamp lighting in the presence of Mr. R. K. Verma, Director of the Council. Mr. Prabhat said that very impressive design and finishing of products are on display and given best wishes to EPCH for such initiative and appreciated the effort & ideas of the Council to showcase the wide range of Indian handicrafts from various handicrafts clusters under one roof which will definitely create the interest of the buyers . They were of the view that the young designer should be encouraged to visit such shows to have an idea of the innovative products.
Shri Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH further said that thematic display in Maison&Objet 2017 fair will create the image of Indian handicrafts in the world famous design oriented fair and will create India as a sourcing destination
Maison&Objet is the multicultural crossroads of contemporary living, places for meetings and exchanges, the show invites exhibitors and visitors from around the world and showcase a high-quality international product range. It provides a comprehensive overview of the excellence and innovation that help to share the best of creativity.
“Maison&Objet Paris” is regularly organized twice a year in January & September at Paris, France and considered to be the gateway to designer world for last 20 years. Maison&Objet fair is the major event for professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions. With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness. More than 45000 visitors are expecting to visit from 88 Countries to fair.

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