SRINAGAR: The government Thursday announced support to the ‘Mega International Buyer-Seller Meet’ being organised in November to promote the state’s handicraft products.
The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed made the announcement during an interaction with a delegation of Associated Chamber of Commerce & Industry Kashmir (CCIK) here.
“Top international firms will only visit Kashmir for buying handicraft products if the state makes concerted efforts to maintain the quality, enhance the volume of production, and give the artisans, who possess the rare art of making some of the finest handmade products in the world, a level playing field,” Sayeed said.
The chamber is planning to organise the three-day meet in which reputed business firms from all over the world participate, an official handout issued here said.
“It will be an exhibition of famed Kashmir artwork carpets, shawls, paper machie, wooden pieces, and crewel embroidery,” it said.
Describing artisan as a “cog-in-the-wheel of Kashmir handicraft”, Sayeed said any international buyer-seller meet should also highlight their rare craft of making the exquisite products.
“These meets should not only prove beneficial to exporters, but also to artisans, who remain the industry’s main stakeholders,” he said, asking the Chamber to “promote and protect” interests of artisans.
He said the handicrafts sector, given its “huge potential” in the national and international markets, will continue to remain a “thrust area” for the government.
“Their nimble hands have woven the best of shawls and carpets from within the confines of their homes when the Valley fell on hard times,” he said.
He said CCIK should tie up with government institutions like Craft Development Institute (CDI) and Indian Institute of Carpet Technology (IICT).
The cooperation, he said, can help in improving the skills of craftsmen further and can lead to introduction of new concept and designs.