The government is promoting handloom cloth and handicrafts with a view to improving the income level of handloom weavers and artisans, Joint Collector K. Nirmala said on Saturday.

She inaugurated a Lepakshi crafts festival at Kalakshetram here by lighting a lamp and went round the stalls in which handloom cloth and handicrafts from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata and Andhra Pradesh were exhibited. A.P. Handicrafts Development Corporation was providing marketing of products made by handloom weavers and artisans through Lepakshi emporia, Ms. Nirmala said. She inspected Kalamkari and Jaipur cloth, Pochampalli and Venkatagiri saris, wooden toys and jute products of Etikoppaka. The crafts festival would be open till June 12 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and a 10 per cent rebate was being offered on handicraft products and 20 per cent rebate on handloom cloth, Lepakshi Emporium Branch Manager Sriramulu said. Three sales-cum-exhibitions were being held every year to earn revenue of Rs. 20 lakh, he said.