Empowering women, SHG from Fatehgarh Sahib showcases rich Phulkari designs at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017

-         Exquisite ‘Baavan Baagh’ steals hearts at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017

Chandigarh:15.10.17-Love for Phulkari lies at the core of any Punjabi by heart. How can Diwali shopping be complete without buying dresses intricately emboidered in colourful silk thread. CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 has everyone stop to take a look at the stunning Phulkari pieces at the stall put up by Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT). Behind the exquisite beauty lies the strength of women artisans from Bassi Pathana area of Fatehgarh Sahib who are single and have chosen to claim their lives through the ancient folk art of Phulkari.

Adding to Diwali festivities are exhibits such as specially-styled phulkari products from the traditional ‘baghs’ to designer stoles, festive bedspreads, cushion covers, Potlies, Clutch, Shugun Cards etc. Stealing hearts at this stall is an exquisite peice called ‘Baavan Bagh’. Yes it has all the 52 embroidery designs of traditional 'Baaghs' embroidered on one piece.

MBCT is a registered NGO with over 12 years experience in successfully running children and youth development programmes, women empowerment, medi care and socio care projects impacting 187 villages of the historic district of Fatehgarh Sahib and supports thousands of women artisans from the region.

“The Trust is replicating the model in a cluster of 10 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib and seeks support from venture capitalists and industry under CSR,” says Shruti Nigam, a representative of the Trust.

“Women shoppers are loving items made in Phulkari designs on file covers, wallets, purses, showpieces, wall hangings etc,” says Shruti Nigam, a representative of the Trust.

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 Come to CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 to buy a piece of composite history & culture of Punjab

 - Punjab Digital Library brings memorabilia from 16,000 rare manuscripts, paintings, newspapers digitised by them to preserve Punjab's history for future generations

 Chandigarh:15.10.17-What if you could buy a piece of rich cultural history of Punjab while shopping for Diwali! CII Chandigarh Fair provides an opportunity for visitors to celebrate their love for the common cultural heritage of both sides of Punjab thanks to a unique stall put up by Punjab Digital Library at the Fair. The rare collectibles are out of the 16 million pages from rare manuscripts, books, newspapers, photographs, magazines etc digitized by Punjab Digital Library.

 For the first time these rare items of the history of the region have been display are framed images of old paintings from rare manuscripts from composite history of both sides of Punjab. Mugs with prints of Phulkari , tiles with pictures from old Hindu manuscripts, framed image of ‘mool mantra’ from Sikh scriptures, a rare portrait of Maharaja Ranjit Singh made by E Eden, sister of Governor-General of India George Eden, the front façade of a Moorish Mosque in Kapurthala, image of a woman painting Phulkari pattern on the wall to get a print on cloth, books etc among umpteen insights into the rich culture and heritage of India.

Founder of Punjab Digital Library, Mr Davinder Pal Singh says, “The idea of reaching out to people through the CII Chandigarh Fair is to acquaint them with their cultural heritage. We have introduced these products for the first time at the Fair to let people keep a piece of our history in their homes through these memorabilia. We sourced these rare images first from villages in the region as well as government museums and galleries. People have loved our products as they appeal to their very core.”

“I was surprised and happy to find such beautifully done calligraphy and images from ancient scriptures at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017. Taking a piece of my history and culture with me is to me a true celebration of Diwali. The collection is sourced from both sides of Punjab which makes it even more special as my family came from Pakistan side of Punjab,” says Nirmal, a visitor at the Fair.

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CII Chandigarh Fair 2017, a Fair with a heart

 

 -       NSIC brings 47 exhibitors to display products free of cost

 

-       Government of West Bengal, Jharkhand put up inviting states of India pavilion

 

-      Chandigarh:15.10.17-Crowds kept streaming in at the CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 for the penultimate third day today. Among the 260 exhibitors, 47 stalls put up by Confederation of Indian Industry in association with the National SC ST Hub created by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India, through National Small Industries Corporations (NSIC) had many vying for the garments, decorative items, and other Diwali goodies made by these artisans. NSIC has set up a beautiful pavilion at the CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 at Parade Ground, Sector-17, Chandigarh. NSIC has 47 participants in more than 400 sq m of exhibition area.

 

The exhibitors belonging to the SC and ST and general categories from states like Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Punjab, Delhi & Rajasthan, are displaying their products free of cost to help them make direct sales.

 

A variety of products ranging from handicrafts, food items, decorative items, leather goods, IT and various other services are going to be displayed at the pavilion.

 

 “We specialise in ‘Baadla’ and ‘gota patti’ and employ dozens of women from Hoshiarpur and surrounding areas. The pieces take anything from a week to months to be ready. Visitors at the fair have really liked our products and we are happy to see their feedback,” says Pushpinder Kaur an exhibitor at the pavilion.

 

Décor to bring cheer to your homes

 

A cheerful balcony can infuse life to a boring balcony of a flat where most of modern urban population now lives. To cheer up the mundane balconies, Green Chutney has put on exhibit clay and metal garden ware at CII Chandigarh Fair. From flower pits to garden accessories all have been given bright look to make you feel good, says Vikas, a stall owner.  

 

Garden furniture by Supreme Furniture launched at the Fair also had many vying for them for the innovative comfortable designs made to fit space constraints in urban households today. “We have launched more comfortable chairs, garden sofas and folding study tables to suit the needs of modern households, “ says Subhash, a representative of the company.

 

Gardening now a child’s play

 

To inculcate love for Nature among kids, Biocarve Seeds of Patiala has brought special kids gardening kits at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017. Parents showed great interest in the kits made specially for children as young as four to five year olds. The kits come complete with colourful small flower pots, seeds and manure for children to grow their very own garden.

 

Simran Rang of the company says, “Children and parents are loving the idea we have brought for the first time to the Fair. Love for gardening can lead to a less stressed life when children grow up if it is inculcated as part of their growing years. The idea is to have children to nurture their own garden.”

 

Kids carnival a hit with Tricity kids

 

 A special kids enjoyment section complete with swings and fun activities found favour with visiting parents at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017. The London Red Bus, model of a double-decker bus made out of wood for joy rides was popular activity with the children.

 

 A special play and activity areas has been created where parents can even leave their children with the four caretakers available here while they go shopping at the Fair, says Monica Bansal, running the facility at Fair.

 

“Special prizes are being given to all children taking part in the drawing, painting and other activities at the Fair. “We have created an activity zone and a play zone as well as musical performances,” she adds.

 

Young engineers bring innovative learning techniques for children

 

A group of engineers have come together to make innovative fun models for children to learn varied topics. Mechanical toys to help children gain hand eye coordination, learn drawing and even learn how to make an electric circuit are all part of the products available here.

 

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Come to CII Chandigarh Fair 2017 to buy a piece of history & culture of Punjab(s)

 

Chandigarh:15.10.17-What if you could buy a piece of rich cultural history of Punjab while shopping for Diwali! CII Chandigarh Fair provides an opportunity for visitors to celebrate their love for the common cultural heritage of both sides of Punjab thanks to a unique stall put up by Punjab Digital Library at the Fair. The rare collectibles are out of the 16 million pages from rare manuscripts, books, newspapers, photographs, magazines etc digitized by Punjab Digital Library.

 

For the first time these rare items of the history of the region have been display are framed images of old paintings from rare manuscripts from composite history of both sides of Punjab. Mugs with prints of Phulkari , tiles with pictures from old Hindu manuscripts, framed image of ‘mool mantra’ from Sikh scriptures, a rare portrait of Maharaja Ranjit Singh made by E Eden, sister of Governor-General of India George Eden, the front façade of a Moorish Mosque in Kapurthala, image of a woman painting Phulkari pattern on the wall to get a print on cloth among many other insights into the rich culture and heritage of India.

 

Founder of Punjab Digital Library, Mr Davinder Pal Singh says, “The idea of reaching out to people through the CII Chandigarh Fair is to acquaint them with their cultural heritage. We have introduced these products for the first time at the Fair to let people keep a piece of our history in their homes through these memorabilia. We sourced these rare images first from villages in the region as well as government museums and galleries. People have loved our products as they appeal to their very core.”

 

“I was surprised and happy to find such beautifully done calligraphy and images from ancient scriptures at CII Chandigarh Fair 2017. Taking a piece of my history and culture with me is to me a true celebration of Diwali. The collection is sourced from both sides of Punjab which makes it even more special as my family came from Pakistan side of Punjab,” says Nirmal, a visitor at the Fair.