HARARE – India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts will this week host the first ever handicrafts show in Harare.
Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Jeitendra Tripathi told a news conference yesterday the show will be a mixture of business, trade exhibition and culture with intention of promoting India.
“With some of the most delightful artistry and stunning craftsmanship in various elements like metal, wood, textiles, eco-friendly and natural fibre, animal by-products, this will surely be a sight to behold,” Tripathi said.
The festival will have five main components, buyer-seller meeting, exhibition of handicrafts, live demonstration by national award winning crafts-persons, cultural performances by Indian artists and the Indian Food Festival, he said.
According to the ambassador, the artists are billed to showcase their talent in areas such as Durry Weaving, Kani Shawl Weaving, hand block printing, Phad painting and Lac bangles.
Tripathi said they are looking at expanding the event “if the response is good.”
“We could make it an annual event and include bridal shows, involving local Indian business people,” Tripathi said.
“We will probably be able to bring in food, wines and such other things to make it a truly mega-vent. India has 27 states that all have different bridal attire, so we would like people to sample this.”
The ambassador added the embassy will be hosting Indian Technology Education Council beneficiaries.
A food festival will also run concurrently with the craft showcase from 21 to 26 November at the Meikles Hotel and Joina Centre respectively.
The events are being hosted by a partnership that includes the Indian Embassy, Printworks, Incredible India — a tourism promotion body, Meikles Hotel and the Daily News.