The 43rd IHGF Delhi Fair Had More Than 2,800 Exhibitors

Biggest, best and boldest show defines Indian product range & potential
April 4, 2017HFN Staff

New Delhi Trade Fair Feb 2017NEW DELHI, India—A vital meeting ground for the international gifting and lifestyle products industry, IHGF Delhi Fair has taken shape over 43 successful editions as the world’s largest and most comprehensive sourcing event, encompassing the complete supply chain of home fashion & utility, collectibles, gifting and fashion accessories.

The recently concluded Spring edition, held February 16 to 20, 2017, congregated more than 2,800 exhibitors in 14 product categories. Visitors also had access to the 900 marts, located on four levels at the India Expo Centre. Wide-ranging selections with over 2,000 product lines, offered by leading export houses inspired buyers to replenish their merchandise and add new product lines for seasons ahead. Artistically conceptualized and curated Theme Pavilions with focus on crafts of North Eastern Region and Jodhpur Mega Cluster brought in the splendor of regional craft traditions. Knowledge seminars on various issues of concern to the trade were conducted by experts from various fields, in course of the fair.

The Limca Book of World Records has recognized IHGF Delhi Fair as the world’s largest congregation of handicraft exhibitors under one roof.

This mega event, an all-encompassing show, was a sight to behold, attracting a variety of professionals, perhaps second to only the variety of products on display. Stakeholders and beneficiaries alike were part of this grand affair. They included the sector’s leading export houses to budding entrepreneurs, individual artisans to clusters, self-help groups to NGOs, societies to agencies, designers to merchandisers, marketers to policy makers; not to mention the many who were part of the support and ancillary sectors, providing various products and services. Besides the robust business that happened over this five days extravaganza one could see comfort in the body language of buyers and sellers as they met at this distinctive trade appointment to fulfill each other’s needs. The ability to accomplish this, in the backdrop of constantly changing consumer tastes and needs, variedly in different markets, is a unique proposition which requires constant reinventing while retaining core values and identity.

Heralding an enriching sourcing experience this edition saw significant expansion in all categories with a promising assortment of creations, varied in inspiration, processes and materials—art metal ware, EPNS ware, wood carvings, furniture and accessories, glassware, fashion jewelry and accessories, handprinted textiles, shawls, stoles and scarves, embroidered goods, lace, toys, housewares, decorative, gifts and general handicrafts, home textiles and home accessories, candles and incense, pottery, terracotta and ceramics, nautical instruments, Christmas and floral decorations, dry flowers and potpourri, handmade paper products, crafts made of leather, lacquer, marble, etc. offering unparalleled access to exhibitors drawn from all major manufacturing hubs, artisan clusters and craft pockets of India.

Creative line extensions and new collections were on display in vibrant hues as manufacturers focused on interplay and blends of raw materials like contrast of wood and steel, combination of textures, matte and shiny surfaces. Statement pieces innovated in bold strokes with visual sensibility brought in unconventional elements to enthuse designers, curators and collectors alike. With a wide-ranging choice in modern, directional and unusual medium to high-end gifts and collectibles, the emphasis was on innovation, material, design, value addition, utility and competitive pricing. Stone crafts not only displayed quintessence of luxury but also offered options for regular markets.

As gifting converges more with many categories like table top products, tableware, kitchenware, home textiles, etc. manufacturers worked to present collections that can engage and inspire the end-consumers. Furniture and furniture hardware marked their presence alongside mats and flooring products. Utility and multi-functional had lots more under their wings. In the spa and wellness category, dry flowers and potpourri, incense and candles added more variety with handcrafted character and little stories accompanying some of them. Eco-friendly furniture and multifunctional furniture have gradually gained popularity and manufacturers of this category from Madhya Pradesh, North East and other regions offered many options to meet growing environmental awareness and space constraints in urban living spaces. Inspired by maritime adventures of a bygone era and 16th century sailors, there were impressive collections and fully functional lines in compasses, sextants, telescopes, binoculars, theodolites, armillary sundials, magnifiers and clocks in brass, nickel and bright high-luster finish.

The upsurge in participants was met with quality buyer traffic and contributed to a significant amount of order placing and enquiries at the fair. And as buyers share, many signed off with orders and some are on the verge of finalizing soon. All are being quite expressive in complimenting the organizers and exhibitors. Many like the work culture of Indian manufacturers as they are ready to customize as per buyer guidelines and are not hesitant to experiment. While there are many regular patrons who pride in their contribution to the Indian handicraft industry’s story of growth and improvement, there were new comers on their first visit to explore a long lasting journey with Indian manufacturers. Small pieces attracted many buyers, be it for home decor, furniture or other lifestyle products. The focus on natural fibers and sustainable products was well received while hammocks and outdoor recreational/relaxation elements like garden decor, barbecue products and figurines were well noticed and sought out.

Takers for textiles reveled in the variety of home furnishings as well as kitchen linen. Those looking for accessories like scarves, stoles and shawls also expressed satisfaction at the variety available with exhibitors. Jewelry found many new patrons while establishing stronger ties with old ones.

Neck pieces and pendants fancied many buyers as bangles & bracelets gathered more fanfare. Gift items, paper products and packaging and hardware as well as components too offered good choice to buyers. Contributing to busy aisles at IHGF were buyers in good numbers from over 100 countries including impressive numbers from USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, China and Japan.

An essential meeting ground for the international gifting and lifestyle products industry, the fair is organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India a non-profit organization and the apex body representing Indian handicraft manufacturers & exporters. It provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers, facilitating business. Among its regular activities, EPCH organizes buyer-seller meets, conferences and study tours overseas to explore market opportunities. The Council also undertakes design and technical workshops for creating awareness within the industry. EPCH has facilitated its 11,000 member exporters to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Recognized as a model organization for its continuous pursuit of excellence, EPCH has Headquarters in New Delhi and regional offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Narsapur, Moradabad, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Saharanpur, Agra and Guwahati.

The 44th edition of IHGF titled, IHGF Delhi Fair – Autumn 2017 is scheduled from 13th to 17th October, 2017 with a display profile categorized into 14 groups and a representation of over 2800 exhibitors at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart.

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HFN provides detailed information on the key home classifications: Housewares, Tabletop, Floor Covering & Rugs, Furniture, Home Textiles, Lighting, Home Decor, Mattresses & Bedding, Gifts, Major Appliances and Consumer Electronics as well as Business, Finance and Retail.

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