'`42-cr renovation project for Kashmir Haat in pipeline'

Asiea Naqash visits exhibition ground

Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 22 2018 11:59PM | Updated Date: Mar 22 2018 11:59PM
'`42-cr renovation project for Kashmir Haat in pipeline'

MoS for Industries Asiea Naqash Thursday visited the Kashmir Haat to take the first-hand appraisal of the functioning of the various sections of the Haat.

According to an official spokesperson, the minister inspected various sections including the Craft Museum, School of Designs, ‘Massive Carpet Scheme’ (MSE) showroom and stalls surrounding the Haat’s lawns.

While inspecting the design section at the Haat, Asiea was informed that it is actively involved in innovations in designs across all forms of handicrafts, including Kani shawl, copperware, wood carving, papier-mâché, carpet including namda designing, ceiling panels, sozni wall hangings, table runners, cushion covers, willow wickers, lamps and tapestry.

It was given out that Rs 42 crore proposal for renovation of Kashmir Haat is in pipeline so that its heritage and traditional market value of Kashmiri handicrafts will be developed on modern lines.

The minister said innovations in designs is the need of the hour to succeed in export market and called for sustained efforts at design innovations. She also said there is need to preserve centuries old designs as well as quality for the taste of international buyers.

 Interacting with the artisans, the minister said that the traditional arts and crafts symbolise the treasured cultural heritage and splendid civilisation of Jammu and Kashmir which need to be preserved and promoted in a big way.

She called for innovation and better packaging of the local craft items to boost their marketability and ensure better returns.

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