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4 Nov, 2013

India’s National Tribal Crafts Mela Promotes Products Made by Under-privileged


Ministry of Tribal Affairs, 01-November, 2013 – Union Minister for Tribal Affairs MR V. Kishore Chandra Deo inaugurated the “Adishilp: the National Tribal Craft Mela” in New Delhi today. Organized by TRIFED at Dilli Haat the 11 day mela showcases the unique and exquisite tribal arts and crafts of the country.

The main objective of organizing Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help in having valuable design related and other inputs. It provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly.

About 150 tribal artisans from all over the country are participating in this Exhibition. Handicraft items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane & bamboo products, tribal jewellery, dhokra craft, tribal weaves & embroidery, tribal paintings and lot more will be presented by these artisans.

The range of products includes – silk sarees, readymade garments, dress material, Kashmiri shawls/stoles, hand embroidery, bead work, Tie & dye, durries, carpets, bags, rose wood, wood carving, wooden toys, wood artifacts, block painting, bamboo and cane products, jute work, dry flowers, imitation jewellery, pearls, dry fruits, honey and pickle products etc.

TRIFED has also initiated a new concept of sourcing tribal products, by way of organizing Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions and it is hosting a string of tribal art shows called ‘Aadi Chitra’- exclusive exhibitions of tribal paintings, in the major cities of the country .

The response of last six Shilpotsavs has been very encouraging. The artisans expressed happiness that they have got place to sell and display their products. This year more artisans are getting opportunity to sell and display their art and they hoped that this year too, a large number of visitors, buyers and exporters will place orders and buy products from Shilpotsav during the festival season.

Craftsmen/entrepreneurs whose products are on exhibit/sale in ‘Shilpotsav” are beneficiaries of National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation, National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation, National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation and National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities.

Also participating are National Institute of Social Defence, New Delhi, National Institute of Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad, DDU Institute for the Physically Handicapped, New Delhi, AYJ National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, National Institute for Rehabilitation Training & Research, Cuttack, National Institute for Orthopedically Handicapped, Kolkata, Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, New Delhi, and Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation, Kanpur.