Kashmiri handicrafts to be showcased at global fairs
3 December 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir is going to take part in a string of national and international fairs to promote its handicrafts..Kashmiri arts and handicrafts, which have earned global fame, would be showcased at different fairs to find new markets and bring about an image makeover for a state struggling with insurgency, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said here.'The effort is also to show our tourism potential along with arts, culture and handicrafts to promote a positive image and neutralise the negatives that have got imprinted in the minds of the people,' Azad told IANS.He said an amount of Rs.5 million (about $110,000) had been sanctioned to the Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Development Corp to facilitate its participation in exhibitions and fairs both in India and abroad.In collaboration with the central ministry of textiles, the corporation will take part in trade fairs in Dubai, New York, Birmingham and Domtex in Germany.It has also planned to hold fairs in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore to 'explore new avenues for the state's handicrafts', said Abdul Rashid Dar, chairperson of the corporation.Kashmiri handicraft products like Pashmina shawls, carpets, woodcarvings and Basoli paintings from Kathua region in the state are famous globally.