Textile minister, Smriti Zubin Irani gave away awards for outstanding performance in exports of handicrafts for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to various handicraft exporters at the 21st edition of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) Awards.
More than 130 exporters got recognition in various categories. As far as awards related to textile-based handicrafts are concerned, Malani Impex Inc. (Jaipur) and Mani Fashions & Accessories, Noida won in this category, while House of Incas (New Delhi) was honoured for Zari handicrafts. Ahujasons Shawl Wale (New Delhi) bagged award this time too like previous years in Shawls as Artwares category.
Certificate of Merit in the same category was given to Mir Handicrafts (New Delhi) and Citrus Fashions (Kolkata). Jumbo International (New Delhi) offering hand-printed and handmade products won Excellent Export Growth Award at the event.
“Handicrafts is the only category in export items which has shown very good growth despite challenging market conditions in India as well as overseas markets,” Rakesh Kumar, ED, EPCH highlighted the achievements of the association in his address and said. Pushpa Subramanium, additional secretary, textile ministry, and Dinesh Kumar, chairman, EPCH were also present on the occasion.
While congratulating the winners, Smriti Irani suggested EPCH to honour physically handicapped craftsmen in the handicraft industry alongside recognizing tribal arts as well.
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