Visitors flooded Pragati Maidan on Thursday for the 35th edition of the India International Trade Fair. With over 6,000 exhibitors from India and overseas, partner country Afghanistan has arrived with a platter of rich dry fruits, South Africa with beaded jewellery and dolls, and Turkey with mosaic lamps. With a “Make in India” theme, many crafts and techniques are on display this year with Jharkhand being the Partner State. The highlights of the Capital’s largest fair:
From the Heart
The land of Mowgli brings a carnival of colours, from block-printed and vegetable dye cottons to intricately designed brass conch shells (pictured). You can also pose for photos with cardboard cutouts
of women dressed in chanderi sarees.
As LCD screens display magnificent temples of the youngest Indian state, the Telangana pavilion has brought to the fair Pochampally Ikat bed sheets priced between Rs 300 and Rs 1,500. Kalamkari carpets, made from jute and cotton, are priced between Rs 150 and Rs 5,000.
Well-known sand artist Subala Maharana from Odisha, has been grabbing eyeballs, as he gave form to the Jagannath Temple in Puri outside the state pavilion. On the first day of the fair, he paid homage to the victims of the Paris attacks, by moulding the Eiffel Tower out of sand.
Head to the Jharkhand pavilion if crisp khadi is where your heart is. Watch dexterous karigars convert lac into beautiful gem-studded jewellery, a showcasing of the state’s lac legacy. Prices start from Rs 80 to Rs 600.
In September this year, 64 files on Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose were de-classified by the government of West Bengal. These files are available in PDF format as a set of nine DVDs, some of which have been exhibited on the walls of the top floor, for Rs 300. A popula pick at the pavilion is the jewellery — intricately designed neck pieces and earrings, made entirely from copper.
The one-horned rhinoceros is on sale at the South Africa pavilion. Made from tree trunks, these are priced at Rs 800 for smaller replicas and a whooping Rs 1,80,000 for life-sized models. Beaded chains and dolls, priced between Rs 850 and Rs 9,000, come with intricate designs that have taken over five days to make.
Across the Border
If your eyes don’t lead you there, your nose will. The smell of dry fruits and saffron engulf the Afghanistan stalls. Their handmade carpets, which take nearly a year to weave, cost between Rs 10,000 and Rs 2,00,000.
Istanbul’s captivating mosaic lamps are a delight. But our best pick were the rings hiding evil eyes, available in varying shapes of trees, owls and butterflies, from Rs 350 onwards.
Goa has come to the trade fair with jute jewellery, and coconut shell items. In flamboyant colours and geometry, the jewellery is a steal for Rs150 and less, while coconut models of lord ganesha and monkeys cost between Rs 200 and Rs 300.
“Nature’s Bounty” is the tagline. From spices and books to saris and lungis, head here for that classic white and gold look. Lungis can be bought here for Rs 200 to Rs 400. Sarees are priced between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000.
* On till November 27, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
* Tickets: Rs 50 on weekdays; Rs 80 on weekends (Adults). Rs 30 on weekdays; Rs 50 on weekends (Children)
* Tickets are available at all Delhi Metro stations (except Airport Express Line) and Gate No. 1 and 2 of Pragati Maidan
* Free bus service inside the complex