As many as 50 stalls have been erected and approximately 111 artisans from different districts such as Keonjhar, Jajpur, Sambalpur, Subarnpur, Bolangir, Rayagada and Khurda, etc are the participants in the exhibition organised by the Directorate of Handicrafts & Cottage Industries with an objective to provide a platform to the artisans/SHGs/Co-operative societies to showcase and sell their products.
In view of the high market potential of terracotta items, particularly for interior and exterior decoration as well as for household use, State Government has provided support to encourage Kumbhakars to produce terracotta items for their self employment. Various need based interventions were provided consisting of formation of SHGs, their capacity building, skill up gradation training, supply of improved equipments, providing bank linkage, infrastructure development, product designing & diversification and marketing assistance to participate in different exhibitions. Over last ten years, 53 potter’s villages in 20 districts involving 2530 artisans have been developed under the cluster development programme.
In a bid to produce market-oriented products, design development programmes engaging designers from inside and outside the State are conducted in clusters to create wide range of products. 13 such programmes have been organized with involvement of 367 artisans and 427 prototypes developed. About 15 terracotta craft persons have been deputed to National Institute of Designs, Ahmadabad for training to make varieties of market oriented products. Ten Craft persons of Rayagada were also deputed to Bankura (West Bengal) for participation in an interactive workshop for ten days.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Department Chithra Arumugam was also present on the occasion.
The exhibition will remain open till November 8, 2015.