A new outlet for tribal handicraft

Anjali Dhal Samanta

NEW DELHI: The Capital's once famous Baba Kharak Singh Marg might soon regain its lost glory. Along with housing the various State emporia, the recently inaugurated Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhavan planned as an "extension of Dilli Haat'' might just about put this busy road on the shopper's list once again.

Conceived as a "handicraft sanctuary'', the Bhavan will also boast of an outlet of "Tribes India'' -- the retail outlet for the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED). On display at the outlet here would be an array of hand-woven tribal textiles and embroidery, tribal jewellery, cane and bamboo products, terracotta and stone pottery, tribal paintings, bell metal craft, stone and bead craft, tribal musical instruments, iron craft and dhokra. Also available would be a range of organic and natural products like spices and honey.

On offer is also a range of herbal medicines by Tamil Nadu's Irula Tribe. The Department of Indian Medicines, Chennai, which falls under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has licensed these herbal medicines, which include cures for arthritis, diabetes, indigestion and numerous other diseases.

"The unique selling point is that each item is handcrafted and sourced directly from the tribal artisans. So while a customer gets a genuine tribal product, the tribal artisan gets a remunerative price for his creation,'' says the Executive Director of TRIFED, Kush Verma.

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