Exim Bank brings together 75 artisans from 22 states of India and neighbouring countries to Delhi
New Delhi: Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) is organising its nineth edition of ‘Exim Bazaar’ at the National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from September 3 to 6, 2022. The exhibition shall showcase traditional and contemporary art and craft products from all over India. As a part of Government of India’s Neighbourhood First policy, artisans from neighbouring nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka are being invited for the first time to showcase their traditional art forms. The Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Dr. Sonal Mansingh, will be inaugurating the four-day exhibition on September 3, 2022.
Some of the participating artisans and weavers, who would be exhibiting their diverse range of skills, talents and techniques, are national and state awardees. Art forms such as Madhubani paintings, leather puppetry, Warli paintings, Pichwai paintings, Pattachitra and Phad paintings, Banarasi silk fabrics, lac bangles, Kawad paintings, ceramic blue pottery, Dokra art, terracotta, Jamdani sarees, wrought metal art among others will be on display and available for sale at this exhibition. Exim Bazaar, an exhibition-cum-sale of handmade arts and crafts of India curated by Exim Bank, comes to Delhi for the first time since its inception.
Many artisans and rural enterprises suffered a loss in income due to the pandemic, as the sales from exhibitions and retail channels were restricted. Exim Bank continued its handholding support by way of design, product, and educative workshops for the artisans during this period. The return of such exhibitions will provide a platform for the artisans to bounce back as well as revival of their arts.
The Exim Bazaar is organised by the Exim Bank with an objective to boost business prospects for many individual artisans as well as micro & grassroots enterprises. The exhibition provides wider visibility and brand promotion for the artisans to market their products. This gives them access to direct customers and generate future sales leads, as well as understanding consumer preferences, improve industry knowledge and discover latest trends.
Exim Bank assists artisans, master craftsmen, weavers, clusters, self-help groups, grassroots and micro enterprises through capacity building and sourcing overseas buyers / distributors, under its Grassroots Initiatives and Development (GRID) and Marketing Advisory Services (MAS) programmes. The assistance under these programmes has enabled financial empowerment, employment generation, promotion of entrepreneurship among individual artisans, and ensuring the survival and sustenance of centuries-old traditional handicraft and handloom products.