Seventeen prominent designers from the Czech Republic are showcasing the best of contemporary Czech glass products at an eight-day-exhibition that opened at Lalit Kala Akademi here on Wednesday.

“Subtle Beauty of Czech Glass” highlights the mastery of Czech creativity and craftsmanship over the years. The exhibition has been conceptualised to facilitate interaction between Indian and Czech glass designers so that they can jointly collaborate to create masterpieces that can later be marketed in the international market.

The exhibition highlights the significance of Czech glass-making technology that has pushed the boundaries of glass design and is now sought after and imitated by glass designers and craftsmen worldwide. Bohemian crystal and Czech porcelain became famous for its excellent cut and engravings. The exhibition introduces famous glass designers like Jiri Pacinek, Jiri Tesar and Studio Olgoj Chorchoj, all of whom have been honoured with the prestigious prize “Czech Design 2010”.

The exhibition is part of “The Czech Design Week” in Delhi and Mumbai from May 9 to 17. The best of contemporary Czech design from glass, porcelain, jewellery, lighting items, fashion and automotive industries are being presented at the “The Czech Design Week” that marks the visit of President of the Senate of Parliament of Czech Republic Milan Stech to India.

Noting that Czech Republic and India share a long history of bilateral relation, Ministry of Industry and Trade Deputy Minister Milan Hovorka said it was necessary to give this relationship a new momentum. “As soon as India decided to open its market to the rest of the world we decided to partner with it in different areas. Today both countries share commonality of values. For us India is a partner and a friend. We will like India to have sustainable growth and also create new jobs,” he said at a press interaction here on Tuesday.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to strengthen our efforts in promoting the Czech Republic as a tourist destination in India. Lifestyle, including fashion and exclusive shopping items, is definitely a new appealing tourist product, which we would like to introduce to Indian visitors to our country,” said Czech Tourism in India Director Radka Neumannova.

Indian tourists are being encouraged to travel to Czech Republic that is being promoted as a country blessed with a unique architecture and cultural heritage and also a perfect destination for shopping for famous glass items. Already there has been a growth of 30 to 35 per cent as far as travel of Indian tourists to the European country is concerned.