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The 5th India International Silk Fair at Pragati Maidan in Hall No. 7 ABC was inaugurated today i.e. 15th October 2016 by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Hon’ble Textile Minister in the august presence of Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble State Minister of Textiles as Guest of Honour, Shri K. M. Hanumantharayappa , Chairman,  Central  Silk  Board  and  Shri T.V. Maruthi, Chairman, Indian Silk Export  Promotion  Council  and  in  presence  of  Shri Satish Gupta, Vice-Chairman and other senior trade representatives, members of Committee of Administration of ISEPC. Senior Govt. officials from the Ministry of Textiles were also present, besides gathering of print and electronic Media.

110 exhibitors from different parts of the country displayed various range of products of Silk and Silk Blended items such as Garments, Accessories, Made-ups, Carpets, Sarees and interior decorative items of silk and silk blend fibres. More than 100 buyers registered on the 1st day of the fair from various overseas countries. There was a big delegation of 26 buyers from Japan who have come to source Silk Fabrics, Accessories and Garments and floor coverings. The display of the exhibitors was eye catching for the buyers and tempted them to place inquiries and orders with the exhibitors.

Central Silk Board put up a “Thematic Projection” of Indian Silk Industry i.e. Soil to silk displaying as how silk worms are grown in Mulberry leaves and converted into cocoons. The cocoons are reared to silk yarn and woven as silk fabrics. The Central Silk Board also displayed various varieties of Indian Silk products i.e. garments, made-ups and accessories of Mulberry Silk, Eri Silk, Tasar Silk and Muga Silk.

Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Textiles Minister in her remarks while appreciating the initiatives of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council in organizing exhibition of Silk Products and providing platform to SMEs for exposure to overseas buyers desired that there is an urgent need for branding of Indian Silk in India and abroad, so that the branded products will attract overseas buyers and will yield more unit value realization. The future of Indian Silk Industry is very bright and the initiative of the Council is very much laudable. The Indian Silk EPC is expecting a business of over US $ 50 million to be generated during 3 days fair at Pragati Maidan, which will conclude on 17thOctober 2016. The Council is also organizing a B2B meeting of buyers and exhibitors today in the evening at Hotel Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi.A Fashion Show of Indian Silk Products in presence of esteemed buyers is also planned for in the evening of 16th October 2016 at Hotel Eros, New Delhi.  
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