Organised as part of shopping fete
Devaswom Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran opened a State-level craft fair organised under the aegis of the District Tourism Promotion Council as part of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) at the Iringal Craft Village in the district on Sunday.
Mr. Ramachandran said the LDF government was attempting to tap the tourism potential of the State in a systematic and scientific way.
“The craft village at Iringal is a visible outcome of that effort,” he said, adding that the village would attract a great number of tourists to the State once the project is completed.
The Minister said the craft fair would impart added attraction to the ongoing Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.
P. Viswan, MLA, presided over the function.
The opening ceremony was marked by a colourful cultural procession from Payyoli to the craft fair venue.
Besides artists and performers, people from more than 20 wards of Payyoli grama panchayat participated in the procession.
The fair showcases a variety of art/ craft and handicraft products completed by artists and craftsmen from across the State in more than 50 stalls.
Stalls free of cost
Stalls were being allotted free of cost to applicants based on their credentials.
A screening committee selected the entries to the fair after looking into the product details and credentials of the applicants.
Individual and organisations in the field are participating in the fair with their stalls.
The event also features flower show, food festival, exhibition of ornamental fish, boating and stage shows.
The fair will end on January 16.