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Tuesday , February 5 , 2013
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Biz buzz at craft fair

A crowd count of 12,000 in just two days and a whopping profit of Rs 10 lakh — the Craft Bazaar has opened with a bang in Dhanbad this year.

The 10-day mela, organised by an NGO Samaj Vikash Sangathan at the initiative of development commissioner of Union ministry of textiles, kicked off from February 2 and will continue till February 11. A wide variety of items ranging from furniture to dry flowers, silk garments to jute slippers, velvet paintings to bamboo products and terracotta curios to interior decorations are up for grabs.

“The fact that the fair was inaugurated on the weekend worked in our favour and we witnessed a footfall of around 12,000 on the first two days,” said convener of Samaj Vikash Sangathan Sanjay Kumar Singh.

He pointed out that a lot of people loved this kind of mart, where almost every item of utility is available. “One can’t find a wide variety of products under a single roof in permanent markets. Some rare items from different regions like dry flowers of Nagaland, bamboo furniture of Assam and interior decorations from Panipat, Haryana, are the special attractions of this year’s fair,” Singh added.

He further said products worth Rs 85 lakh were sold in the fair in 2011, but this year, they were expecting better response. “The sale is set to cross Rs 1 crore as the moderate weather around this time of the year is very conducive,” Singh added.

Vinod Kumar, a resident of Rajasthan, said Jaipuri saris priced between Rs 1,400 and Rs 2,000 and quilt set, comprising a quilt, two cushions, one bed sheet and two pillows and costing Rs 2,500, were already major hits.

Bhagalpuri saris priced at Rs 2,500 to 3,500 and suit pieces for women are also finding many takers.