42nd IHGF DELHI FAIR (Autumn) – 14th to 18th October
Popularly known as Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair
Exclusive Connect to over 2750 Indian Manufacturers & Exporters for over 2000 Home & Lifestyle product types & styles
IHGF Delhi fair is a key connect to Indian manufacturers to source an unparalleled range of Home, Lifestyle, Fashion and Home textiles products. Its unique potential in the home & gifts sector is perfectly aligned with the expectations of an evolving market. Creativity and the ability to present innovative collections, updated season after season, are strong points of the manufacturers who unite under the IHGF banner, twice every year, for Spring and Autumn seasons as IHGF Spring and IHGF Delhi Fair.
IHGF, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is a must-attend trade platform for small progressive independent business units to leading brands, departmental store chains, specialty stores, retailers, interior designers, importers, wholesalers and distributors. The fair’s reputation is built on its commitment to bring together, the industry’s widest variety in one easy-to-navigate location at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR.
IHGF is one of the world’s largest, most comprehensive sourcing events, encompassing the complete supply chain of home fashion & utility, gifting and fashion accessories. The success of this UFI approved event is built on its excellent variety comprising sectors like furniture, housewares, decorations & gifts, fashion jewellery & accessories to apparel, cane, bamboo & eco-friendly products, Christmas decorations, candles, incense & potpourri, furnishings & floor coverings, home textiles & home accessories. These major sectors constitute a plethora of crafts, lifestyle and utility products from all manufacturing hubs as well as craft concentration regions of India.
The large turnout of regular patrons at this fair, joined by more and more new exhibitors and buyers with each successive edition have made this trade event an essential meeting ground for the international gifting and lifestyle products industry. Besides, in harmony with crafts, antique reproductions, handicrafts, nautical décor & instruments, carved soapstone products, contoured varied theme settings, home décor, collectibles and gifts from India are now both trendy and simply traditional and appeal to the international buyers.
The 42nd edition of the fair, IHGF Autumn 2016, is slated from 14th to 18th October. This will not only mark the start of a new business season of 2016 order placing, but will also pave way for Spring Summer 2017 sourcing. The number of exhibitors estimated to showcase during the fair has also grown to over 2750, along with more than 900 permanent showrooms. Neatly profiled in a total of 12 exclusive show sectors, the fair would span across an area of 1,90,000 sq. mts. It was on a positive mood that IHGF Autumn signed off, serving as a gateway to exporters as well as buyers, big and small for exploring exporting as well sourcing possibilities.
Over the years, visiting buyers have agreed with the fact that Indian manufacturers fulfill demand for the exclusive, the handcrafted and the hand embellished. This strength sets IHGF apart and the crucial balance between size and quality of display and number of buyers creates a winning combination, giving unique business value to all trade partners. According to the feedback, trade buyers, visitors always find new accentuations in the showcased themes. Many departmental store, wholesalers and importers sourcing from India like the work culture of Indian manufacturers as they are ready to work as per buyer guidelines and are not hesitant to experiment.
A buyer from Germany says, “I import furniture, textiles and gifts from India. Although, mostly our products are sourced from India, at times we give designs to the manufacturers and they produce with the best suitable raw material they can give us, so the result is a good range in new items.” A buyer from UK prefers to work with India as “they have strongly adapted to our style of business, and we have to theirs, so I’ve been working with manufacturers from Jodhpur, Jaipur and Moradabad since fifteen years” he says. By striving to fulfill all market oriented criteria, Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair offers optimum pre-requisites for business and networking on an international scale, especially to the small and medium sized entrepreneurs representing both buyers and the sellers.
Buyers’ quest for exclusives brings in significant trade traffic to India and it is their interest and reliability on Indian vendors that have made IHGF stronger over the years. Optimum Indian artistry with traditional creative finish aligned in perfect harmony with modern designs as well as contemporary colours, shaped into interesting products have fascinated many buyers who have made IHGF their prime sourcing base in India. Indian manufacturers’ constant consolidation and upgradation of manufacturing techniques, workplace compliances and aggressive market study & awareness to foresee upcoming trends in various markets add further value.
Demand for handcrafted products has surged in recent years, with global market changes driving consumers to reminisce about the past, and also due to a dismissal of mass-production in favor of quality, crafted products that emotionally resonate with customers. It is about creating a connection between maker and consumer; a silent dialogue that is reciprocated through appreciation of products and the stories behind them.
There is a significant shift in consumer demand towards products and experiences that meet emotional as well as functional needs. Craft is seen as personal, authentic and genuine - an object that has been touched by a human hand. Crafts are finally being celebrated for being about today and tomorrow, as well as yesterday. They are associated with urban living, interior design, fashion and contemporary design; with shifting borders of art at one end, and design at the other; with synthetic materials, in all colours of the rainbow rather than brown or beige; and with the outer limits of function. Diversification of the consumer base for indulgent home lifestyle goods away from the conventional ultra-rich consumers augers well for the home lifestyle in the medium to long-term and as a result of which perception of luxury is expected to emerge well beyond the traditional confines of fashion, and exclusivity to include quality and intrinsic product value.
As this quest for home fashion & lifestyle products brings the discerning connoisseur to Indian manufacturers, those looking for the functional & utilitarian also list India among their top suppliers. Indian exporters' dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit with a willingness to explore learn and experiment has made the international buying community turn to India.
About the organizers
The organizers – Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) facilitate visiting buyers, in terms of online registration, product information, booking hotels, transportation, etc. Among other services to buyers, facilitation desk at airport, airport transfers and packages tour would be offered. The EPCH, over the years, has built up the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF), as a vibrant trade platform for Indian artisans, manufacturers & suppliers from across India and discerning buyers from across the world (retailers, wholesalers, chain stores, buying conglomerates, importers, etc.). It is the biggest handicraft fair in Asia, which brings together over 2750 exhibitors displaying thousands of products. EPCH is an apex trade body representing the handicrafts manufacturing & exporting sector of India with a membership of over 7500 manufacturers & exporters, contributing business worth over 3900 million US$, annually.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)
Phone: +91-11- 26130692, 26135256
Fax: +91-11-26125892, 26135518/19
Register at: www.ihgfdelhifair.epch.in
Toll Free Number: 1-888-664-8664 (USA & Canada)