The 13 day Toshali National Crafts Mela recently took place at the Janata Maidan. Opening the mela, presented on the lines of the renowned Surajkund Mela of New Delhi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik defined the handloom and handicraft segment as the 2nd largest employer in the country. He also stated that events like this one will offer the sector the motivation to grow.
Textiles, Handlooms and Handicraft Minister Snehangini Chhuria stated the objective of the national crafts fair is to remove the middlemen and urge buyer-seller meets as well as introducing an interaction amongst them.
This year, around 300 handicrafts and handloom stalls showcased at the venue. Around 160 artisans and weavers from a variety of areas of the country and 139 artisans from Odisha showcased their wares.
A themed pavilion titled ‘Magic in Metal’ was created to portray the Dokra casting traditions of Odisha, where the craftsmen explained the casting processes to the visitors that attended.
For the first time, 6 Government educational institutions have showcased stalls to generate awareness amongst students to talk about career opportunities in the fashion design and textiles sectors.
A food court with a large variety of stalls serving traditional Indian, continental and authentic Odia cooking was also presented at the mela.