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Colourful display: Lepakshi handicrafts and handlooms exhibition at Pushpa gardens in Dilsukhnagar on Thursday.
Colourful display: Lepakshi handicrafts and handlooms exhibition at Pushpa gardens in Dilsukhnagar on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Lepakshi, the favoured destination for handloom and handicrafts aficionados, will begin to earn international patrons in great numbers once it sets up its showroom inside the premises of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Sharing the details at a press conference on the occasion of inauguration of Lepakshi Handicrafts and Handlooms Exhibition at Chaitanyapuri, the MD of State Handicrafts Development Corporation V.Venkatramaiah informed that the civil and design works were going on for the showroom that will be opened within a month’s time.

New showrooms will also come up at Guntur and Banjara Hills, while renovation is on the cards for those at Rajahmundry, Anantapur, Kurnool, Secunderabad, Kolkota and New Delhi. The corporation has already opened new outlets at Kadapa and Tirupathi.

Dwelling on the achievements of the Corporation, the MD said that the sales turnover of the corporation has spiralled from Rs.77 lakhs to Rs.52 crore within a span of 25 years. This year, the target was set at Rs. 60 crore. This includes projected turnover of Rs. five crore from the export of Red Sander wood articles to China and Japan. Nellore, Guntur and Kurnool are the only destinations in the country for the Red Sander products.

Turnover from the 75 exhibitions and crafts bazaars organised during the last year amounted to Rs.15 crore, while the target for the current year was set at Rs.20 crore from 80 exhibitions.

The MD said that the corporation was conducting training programmes and design workshops apart from implementing pension and insurance schemes. Aged artisans would be given a pension of Rs.500 per month while insurance cover would be to the extent of Rs. two lakh with additional component of medical reimbursement upto Rs.15,000.

Plans are afoot to organise four design and technical workshops in Old City for imparting training to minority communities in Zari and Zardosi works. Three other workshops respectively in toy making, Banjara works and Sheetmetal work will be organised for artisans from Etikoppaka, Garla(Khammam) and MV Palem(Khammam).

The exhibition at Chaitanyapuri will have an exhaustive display of various handlooms and handicrafts from within as well as outside the state. It will continue till July 13, with no exception of Sundays and public holidays.

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