A Thai kiosk at the fair on Saturday. (Hardeep Singh)
Choose a Dhakai jamdani from Bangladesh and pick some matching trinkets from Thailand. Then, walk a while to have a look at Turkish lampshades for the living room.
The International Mega Trade Fair, which began at Ranchi’s Morabadi grounds on Friday evening, has indeed made it this easy to shop between countries. The 575 stalls at the dozen air-conditioned pavilions are offering a host of items from as many as eight nations across the globe.
Prakash Shah, the chief executive officer of organiser GS Marketing Associates, said traders from Pakistan, Nepal and Hong Kong were yet to arrive. “But, those from other countries like Bangladesh and Thailand are already here,” he said, adding that the fair was open from 3pm to 6pm till June 16.
“Ranchiites are known for patronising such fairs. Immediately after the event opened, an ethnic clock was sold for Rs 60,000,” Shah said.
Stalls at the fair are offering lifestyle products, jute goods, handloom and handicraft items, packaged food and electrical appliances.
A majority of visitors are flocking to pavilions where traders from Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and Turkey have set up shops. Exquisite Dhakai jamdani at the Bangladesh stall are wooing every woman from the state capital.
Sumaiya Kader from Sifat Boutique House in Chittagong said: “I am glad with the fair response. Most women are asking whether the saris are indeed from Bangaldesh. Cotton-based Dhakai sarees are in high demand. We have come with saris priced between Rs 1,200 and 16,000. We feel great that people are liking our collection.”
The Turkey stall is offering items made of Murano glass, which is native to the Venetian Island of Murano. Lampshades and chandeliers made of this fancy, colourful glassware costs between Rs 3,000 and Rs 12, 000.
While homemakers checked out washable lampshades at the Thailand stall, PYTs laid their hands on cool accessories. “We have gold-plated and silver jewellery priced below Rs 3,000,” said Tum Jampapho, manager of Idea Variety.
Garima Bhatnagar bought a small lantern made of Pakistani marble. “I plan to buy something from every pavilion. I have bought a Turkish chandelier, an artificial bonsai from Thailand stall and a Dhakai sari.”