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Haat stop for folk goodies

An emporium exclusively for the state’s handloom and handicraft products opened doors in the city on Tuesday to the cheer of women entrepreueners.

The emporium is an all-women haat (market) opened with the assistance of Bihar Mahila Udyog Sangh. Industries minister Renu Kumari inaugurated the emporium, Bihar Shilp Haat, in Adri Lane on Boring Road.

Residents have enough reasons to cheer, as the entrepreueners at the haat will make the products and sell them round the year. Up for grabs would be products of the near-extinct folk arts of the state such as Manjusha (Bhagalpur) and bawan buti of Nalanda. Till now, exhibitions in the city were the only source of the people to get their hands on such traditional goods.

Nitu Singh, the chairperson of Bihar Shilp Haat, said: “Very few people are working on these traditional folk art forms. Exhibitions were the only time residents could see such items. There was no place in Patna where women entrepreneurs specialised in the art forms could sell their products, prompting us to come up with Bihar Shilp Haat. This haat would provide women entrepreneurs a platform to sell products based on the different folk arts.”

At present, 26 entrepreneurs associated with the Mahila Udyog Sangh have opened shop at the haat which has been fashioned like a hut. The sangh expects more entrepreueners to join soon, but only those who make the products on their own.