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Fair platform for handicraft items

Clay dolls, metal crafts, tribal artefacts or bamboo handicraft name it and you will get them all at Mecon Community Hall that is hosting an exhibition-cum-fair and has, since Saturday, become a hot destination for shopaholics from Ranchi.

The three-day fair, organised by Ispat Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, received an overwhelming response on its opening day on Saturday with more than 1,500 residents thronging its 40 kiosks. The upbeat organisers are expecting the numbers to shoot up to more than 1,700 on Sunday.

The fair, which is being used by 60 women entrepreneurs from Jharkhand, Bengal, Rajasthan and Gujarat to showcase their products, has an amazing collection of Rajasthani decorative dolls, bamboo craft, dokra and madhubani paintings on display.

City-based woman entrepreneur Reshma Lakra, who has put up a stall exhibiting tribal handicraft items said the fair was an opportunity for her to increase her business contacts.

Echoing Lakra, secretary of Ispat Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Neeta Bhair said the event was a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and interact with visitors.

Ispat Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti will use all the proceeds from the fair, the entry to which has been kept free, to impart vocational training in stitching and tailoring to ten poor girls.