Visitors at the fair in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Dhanbad, Feb. 15: The coffers of the kiosk owners at the ongoing Khadi Gramudyog Mela are jingling, with the fair selling products worth Rs 8 lakh on the first three days alone.
Cotton and silk garments have emerged as the top draws at the exhibition-cum-sale that is being held at Gandhi Seva Sadan in Dhanbad. The fair started on February 10 and will continue till tomorrow.
An exhibitor at the kiosk of Santhal Pargana Gramudyog Samiti, Deoghar, said that silk sarees in the range of 600-6,000 are fast flying off the shelves. Cotton kurtas carrying a price tag of Rs 140-160 have also found favour while salwar suits are a rage among young girls, especially college students.
Sanish Kumar Singh of the Khadi Gramudyog Sangh kiosk, Hazaribagh, said they have registered a great sale of apparels made of katia silk, matka silk and poly katia.
On the other hand, the kiosk of Khadi Gramudyog Vikash Sangh, Chaibasa, made brisk business of cotton and poly silk products. However, Kuchai silk, prepared by women self-help groups under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme by weaving threads, remained the popular pick. Kurta pyjamas and shirt costing between Rs 125 and Rs 150 are also selling well.
Fancy salwar suits available for Rs 750 and cotton sarees in the same range were the hot picks at the Ranishwar Samagra Vikash Parishad kiosk, Dumka, .
If clothes dominated the show, different kinds of ayurvedic medicines and a host of herbal products right from honey to toothpaste to face powder made of sadal found a large number of takers too.
“Majority of the people visiting the fair is from the urban areas of the district,” said Arjun Srivastava, the manager of the fair.
He added that despite the fact that winter has come to an end and that this was not the perfect time to hold a fair, the footfall was really encouraging.
“We had not expected that the fair will generate such a good response,” Srivastava said.