Hunar Haat organised at 2016 India International Trade Fair

Nov 17, 2016 09:00 IST

Hunar Haat: An exhibition to promote arts and crafts of traditional artisans

The Union Government on 15 November 2016 inaugurated Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) exhibition at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The exhibition aims at supporting and promoting artisans from minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market to display and sell their products.

National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has organised the exhibition Hunar Haat under scheme USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) of Ministry of Minority Affairs.
India International Trade Fair (IITF) that began on 14 November will conclude on 27 November 2016.

Project Cost: About 1.74 crore rupees

Key Highlights

• It saw the participation of about 184 master artisans from 26 states and Union Territories of the country.

• The participants are displaying their traditional art and skills at about 100 stalls.

• It is a platform where Indian artisans can display the traditional Indian art and handicrafts at an ease.

The artefacts put on display at the exhibition Hunar Haat include

• North Eastern states: Cane and bamboo work

• Uttar Pradesh: Cloth work and embroidery (chikan) work, Jardoji clothes work and brass artefacts

• Southern states: Collection of pottery work

• Bihar-Jharkhand: Handicrafts

• Bengal-Odisha: Indigenous goods for domestic use

• Rajasthan: Arts/crafts like marble work

• Gujarat:  Beautiful handicrafts

• Kashmir: Pashmina and bronze work

Others artefacts at display at Hunar Haat include sandalwood and other wooden artefacts as well as herbal products made from aloe vera, neem, tulsi and many more. Besides, centuries old Ayurvedic and Unani health care products, Indian silk-cotton work and glass artefacts are a part of the exhibition.

USTTAD scheme

• The scheme was launched on 14 May 2015 in Varanasi.

• It was launched with an aim to preserve rich heritage of traditional arts and crafts of the Minority communities.

• It seeks to build a capacity of traditional artisans and craftsmen.

• It also seeks to provide employment opportunities to traditional artisans and craftsmen by establishing the linkages their arts/crafts with the national and international market.

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