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Annual Indian Art , Craft And Handicrafts Exhibition At IITF, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Updated on January 5, 2017
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Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art,culture and traditions. As a writer she wants to spread information about India to the readers

The wonderful Wooden handicrafts at IITF, New Delhi
The wonderful Wooden handicrafts at IITF, New Delhi | Source
The colourful  hand bags displayed at IITF, New Delhi
The colourful hand bags displayed at IITF, New Delhi | Source
Furniture, craft made of bamboo, jute etc.
Furniture, craft made of bamboo, jute etc. | Source
The Sun painting on canvas, IITF, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
The Sun painting on canvas, IITF, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi | Source

Glimpses of Art and Handicrafts of India!

© Chitrangada Sharan Nov. 2012

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Winter is the season in New Delhi, when all you want is a hot cup of coffee, loads of Tandoori chicken or Tandoori veggies and all this in the warm Sunshine of the wonderful IITF ground, the International Trade fair ground or Pragati Maidaan, as it is popularly called.

The IITF is an annual affair, but every year, one can witness even more enthusiasm than before, to see the wonderful exhibition.

  • India is a country, full of colours along all its length and breath.
  • Every state of India has something unique and special to offer.
  • Each one is better than the other. So there is abundance of Art and Craft, especially 'Handicrafts.'
  • There is so much variety in fabrics, each unique in its own way.
  • So you have rich cottons in states like Gujarat and West Bengal, whereas rich silks in Southern states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala and equally lavish silks of Kashmir.
  • Each state boasts of its own art form--------

Madhubani paintings of Bihar,

Tanjore paintings from South,

Rajput art and paintings from Rajasthan,

Mughal paintings---the list is countless, the colors and theme beyond imagination.

What Exactly Is Handicraft?

What is Handicraft!

  • Handicrafts is Art and Craft made purely with hands, by skilled artisans. And for this purpose very simple raw materials are used, which are normally available around us.
  • The artisans create variety of consumer goods or decorative items using clay, beads, shells, bamboo plant, paper, wooden or metal pieces etc. with simple tools.Usually this creativity is passed on to the next generation.
  • The weaving and embroidery work on silk and cotton fabric is also done in many parts of the country and requires lot of precision and fine work by the artisans. Each piece they create is a masterpiece.
  • Lot of creation can be seen by cane and bamboo artisans. You have the whole set of sofas and tables and beds made with these materials.
  • Then you have Block printing, Batik painting, Patola and various other fabric art.
  • A lot of variety can be seen in Pottery too---colorful as well as affordable. So that you can buy a lot as crockery or decorative pieces.
  • Carpet weaving is another art form, especially in Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh etc.
  • There are countless variety of art and craft, of which you can get an idea at New Delhi's 'Delhi Haat.'

The magnificent hand made  wooden carving, IITF, New Delhi
The magnificent hand made wooden carving, IITF, New Delhi | Source
The colourful puppets and the  puppet show, IITF, New Delhi
The colourful puppets and the puppet show, IITF, New Delhi | Source

Would you like to visit the India International Trade Fair after seeing its glimpses?

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The IITF 2016 at Pragati Maidan , New Delhi was from 14th November to 27th November


  • The theme was Digital India' .
  • Besides India, other participating countries were Australia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Iran, UAE, UK , Vietnam, South Africa, Bahrain, Turkey, Thailand among many others.


Tha Annual India International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan,New Delhi

India International trade fair at New Delhi---

Every year, an India International Trade Fair, is held at New Delhi's 'Pragati Maidan', which is also called the 'Trade fair ground'.

It is perhaps the largest trade fair held in this part of the world, in which many countries besides India also participate.

The purpose of IITF---

  • The whole purpose is to showcase the magnificent work of art and craft at one place and exchange and increase business in the process.
  • We have the opportunity to see the skilled artisans 'LIVE' at work, which is not possible otherwise, because most of them belong to remote villages. And whoever visits the trade fair, has an experience of a lifetime.
  • So you can see, artisans weaving fabrics of silk, to be made into beautiful dress material or sarees, potters creating beautiful pots out of clay, bangles being made with glass and so on.
  • It is spread in a huge area and it is not possible to cover all the pavilions in one single day.
  • The weather at this time of the year is awesome. The arrangements are excellent.
  • The atmosphere is absolutely fit for a family outing---there is festivity in the air.
  • After you visit the fair, you are sure to return with sweet memories and loads of positive energy.

I happened to visit the IITF ground and wanted to share some of the moments spent there. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

© Chitrangada Sharan 26th Nov. 2012

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Save the House Sparrow campaign, The citizen sparrow outside Delhi pavilion, IITF' 2012
Save the House Sparrow campaign, The citizen sparrow outside Delhi pavilion, IITF' 2012 | Source

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful photos taken. India craftsmanship is still good as before. Beautiful creation of men. Voted up

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      I appreciate art and enjoy this hub. The picture where very unusual and exciting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks peachpurple, for your kind visit and comment. I am glad you liked the hub and thanks for your appreciation of Indian craftsmanship.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks flashmakeit, for your visit and appreciation. It means a lot to me.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What beauty and creativity are shown here ChitrangadaSharan! The photos are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks tillsontitan, for visiting and commenting. I am pleased that you liked the hub.

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      needforhealth.wordpress.com 4 years ago

      The photos are very beautiful . Indian arts and handicrafts are really outstanding . Hats off to your presentation.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Extraordinary and creative work of art here I found this hub to be useful , voted up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks needforhealth.wordpress.com, for your visit and comments. I am glad you liked the presentation.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your kind visit and appreciation. Thanks for voting up.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I really enjoyed your hub and your pictures are wonderful. I especially loved the hand carved picture with the elephants, beautiful! I have some good friends from India and once after the returned from visiting there, they brought my daughter and I back beautiful silver bracelets. I cherish them to this day. Voting this up and more! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sgbrown, for visiting this hub and your nice compliments about India. I am touched to hear that you have cherished the gifts from your Indian friend.

      Thanks for voting up.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Oh Wow!! What a fascinating and beautiful hub this is!

      I love crafts of any kind and it was an absolute treat to read about the fair in Delhi and to see your beautiful photographs. What wonderful and very talented artists and crafts people they are and I agree with you, what a lovely way to spend a day, going around watching these crafts people work and to see the beautiful things they produce!

      Voted up + shared!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Seeker7!

      I appreciate your comments about Indian Art and Crafts. IITF is an annual fair, organized at New Delhi' s Trade fair ground. And the best part is that artists from remote parts of the country, get to showcase their talent, with the support of the Government of India.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      ChitrangadaSharan, I have heard a lot about this annual feature at New Delhi but could never get a chance to visit. Handicrafts of India attract many here and even abroad. Your showcasing different stalls with beautiful products from different parts of the country presents a fairly good view of the IITF. Thanks for sharing it. Thumbed up and shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks srsddn, for your wonderful comments!

      Since you seem to be interested in the subject of travel and culture, as can be judged by your hubs and profile, please make it possible to visit next IITF. Chandigarh is so near to Delhi, I am sure you can make it.

      Thanks and welcome to HubPages!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for sharing your photos. The artwork is fabulous. And, I have to admit, the handbags really caught my attention.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for visiting this hub and appreciating!

      I am glad you liked the photos and many thanks for your continued support!

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      I love Indian art. Thanks for this very interesting hub:))

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Martie Coester!

      Thank you very much for visiting this hub and your words of appreciation for Indian Art. I am pleased to know that you liked it.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I would love to see this Trade Fair! I really enjoyed your photos and all the color. How interesting that each state of India has something unique to offer. Thank you for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you vespawoolf, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you enjoyed a brief introduction to this annual fair. Yes, each state of India has its own uniqueness in Art and Craft. There is so much of variety, but the spirit is one.

      Thanks for your interest in the hub!

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      I have a special love for Indian handicrafts. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photos and this wonderful hub. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Susan Recipes, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I wrote this hub after visiting the wonderful trade fair at Pragati Maidan at New Delhi.

      Considering the richness and variety of Indian handicrafts, this is just a small effort from my side to showcase its glimpses.

      Thanks again!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      These are all just SO beautiful! I love woodwooding, so that piece really amazed me.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love the vivid colors used in India. The handbags are beautiful. I'm sure you could have written pages about all of the handcrafts of India.

      There is something about the art that makes me feel so alive.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and sharing. Thank you dear chitrangadasharan.

      Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mary Hyatt, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

      I am glad you liked this hub. So many beautiful pieces are showcased in this handicrafts exhibition that its not possible to see them in one day. And even difficult to include them in one single hub. Lot of hard work goes into this by artists.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt, for your appreciation of the hub!

      And you are so right that its difficult to write about all the beautiful pieces of Indian art and handicraft in one single hub. There are so many of them, each one unique and beautiful. The best part is that the unique talent is passed on to the next generation and the government encourages these artists financially and by other methods such as organizing large scale exhibitions.

      Many thanks for commenting, voting up and sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany

      Wow! These crafts look awesome. The bags and those crafts are beautiful. I would love to have one of those bags. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Thelma Alberts! So good to see you reading and commenting on my hub. Yes the IITF exhibition is going on and one can find excellent art and craft on display. Thanks for appreciating.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed the exhibition through your article, great photos. I am a fan of Tanjore artworks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nithya for your kind visit and comments! This annual exhibition of art and crafts is worth visiting . Besides the enriching experience of Indian traditions and culture it also provides business opportunities. It also encourages small scale industries that provides employment to small artisans at rural level.

      Thanks for your comments and support!

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