Ministry of Textiles12-July, 2013 16:48 IST
Textiles Minister Inaugurates Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show 2013

The Union Minister of Textiles Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao today inaugurated the 6th edition of the Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2013) here today. The show is organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).

While inaugurating the IFJAS 2013, Dr. Rao said that the exporters have promised to take the export of handicraft from USD 3.34 billion to USD 5 billion this year itself. “But my ambition is much more. If the government simplifies various procedures and take the decisions quickly without any red-tapism, and give some financial help to those artisans, providing them basic requirements, a shelter to live, provide food grains at affordable prices, some facilities to their children, and regular training, there is no limit for the growth of the cottage industry.”

Dr. Rao further added that “India has capacity to cater to all segments of the market viz. high, middle and low end. India also has capacity of presenting variety of raw material bases, designs and prices to suit every dress and styles. In fact, buyers now prefer to alternate fashion jewellery and accessories rather than alternating their costumes which are expensive.”

The Textiles Minister also urged the exporting community to innovate and improve their techniques and technology of manufacturing and they also need to improve their designs and presentation of products. “We have to learn from our competitors various aspects of designs, manufacturing, finishing and presentation,” added Dr. Rao.

Dr. Rao also released a trend book on Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collection.

The IFJAS 2013 has around 205 exhibitors and product range on display are Hi fashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, stoles, scarves, shawls, hand bags, clutch purses, belts, wallets, neck ties, beads, stones, crystals, head, hair accessories, fancy fashion footwear, tattoes and bindies.

Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary Textiles and Mr. S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) also graced the occasion with their presence.

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