Recap: 49th IHGF Delhi Fair – Virtual 2020

  •    Author: Mike Jasfer

The mid-July week of 2020 set a new order for sourcing in the COVID era. The IHGF Delhi Fair was originally slated to be held in April 2020 before being postponed and finally held from July 13-19 virtually, due to the pandemic. Nearly 1,300 participants exhibiting in 25 virtual halls in 12 broad categories were visited by over 4000 buyers from across the globe. The virtual platform was replete with a wide variety and new innovations in the following categories: Gifts, Decorative, Furniture & accessories, Houseware & Utility, Lamps & Lighting, Christmas & Festive Décor, Carpets, Rugs & Floor Accessories, Garden & Outdoor, Handmade Paper Products and Stationery, Candles, Incense & Potpourri, Leather Bags & Cases, Fashion Jewellery & Accessories and plenty of Sustainable & responsibly manufactured products – plus new this year: artistically crafted face masks and face covering accessories.
For the organizers, EPCH, using the virtual route was a leap of faith for its patrons. This unprecedented move of harnessing technology and taking up the mammoth task of connecting grass root artisans with exporters and further with buyers to present their wares, has earned much acclaim with the grand success of the week long show.
IHGF Delhi Fair –Virtual 2020 was packed with engaging activities and promotions including Fashion Shows in beautifully composed ramp sequences, Trend Forecasts capturing evolving global consumer tastes and upcoming trends; Craft Demonstrations by National Awardees; over a dozen Knowledge Webinars and Theme Pavilions on sustainable crafts from North Eastern Region and artisanal crafts from Jammu & Kashmir. With 12 Business Hours each day and the platform being open to visitation round-the-clock, there was buyer traffic all through the seven days. The show served the buyers and sellers to get connected and work for product lines for a promising and hopeful season ahead. There were some exhibitors with ready stocks as well.
After seven energy-charged eventful field days, the world’s largest show for home, lifestyle, fashion, textiles & furniture and the only one of its kind, IHGF Delhi Fair in the virtual format, signed off on 19th July 2020, with an encouraging response and accolades from all quarters. 24 participants were awarded the Ajai Shankar Memorial Awards for best virtual display; Gold, Silver and Bronze in 8 product group categories. IHGF Delhi Fair –Virtual 2020 was also certified by the Golden Book of Records as the ‘World’s First Handicraft Products Virtual Trade Fair’. The fair concluded with the announcement of dates for its Autumn appointment from 14-18 October 2020.
 
About IHGF Delhi Fair: IHGF Delhi Fair is organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), a non-profit organization and the apex body representing Indian handicraft manufacturers & exporters. EPCH facilitates its 11,000+ members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. The Council provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers facilitating business. EPCH is recognized for its continuous pursuit of excellence. Earlier known as Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair, IHGF Delhi Fair – Spring and Autumn, has seen 49 superlative editions. For more information, visit www.epch.in or email visitors@ihgfdelhifair.in 
Don’t Miss the 50th IHGF Delhi Fair; 14-18 October, 2020
 

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