An unique platform for artisans

 The 4th edition of Exim Bazaar, an exhibition that showcases specially curated ethnic products handmade by craftspeople across rural India opened in Kolkata today. Shri Debasish Mallick, Deputy Managing Director, Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) while inaugurating the exhibition said, “Handicrafts and handloom products are a manifestation of the roots, culture and identity of the people and perhaps the richest creative traditions of any country.” Mr. Mallick conveyed that every handicraft item holds stories myths and faiths transferred through generations of craftspeople or through people related to this field. The exhibition-cum-sale will be on from April 12-14, 2019, between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the Ice Skating Rink, Kolkata.

Exim Bank, through its Grassroots Initiatives programme for more than a decade has been actively supporting artisans, master craftsmen, weavers, clusters, Self-Help Groups, NGOs, grassroots and micro enterprises, in their capacity-building programs and in helping them secure access to institutional finance and technology, aimed at promoting operational efficiency, achieving higher value addition and enhanced market reach.

One of the innovative activities recently initiated by Exim Bank in its continuing market outreach effort is the Exim Bazaar. First launched in September 2017, Exim Bazaar is a unique platform for artisans who have been supported by the Bank in the past through workshops, finance, training programmes, exhibitions and trade fairs.

The Bank has already conducted 3 editions of Exim Bazaar in Mumbai and Ahmedabad and the response generated a great deal of interest in the artisanal community. “Encouraged by the response of the earlier editions of Exim Bazaar, the Bank decided upon extending its reach to Kolkata. It is in this context that we are here today inaugurating the fourth edition of Exim Bazaar in Kolkata coinciding with the onset of the Bengali New Year and celebrating Poila Boshak. By remaining marginal players in the domestic market, rural artisans are by themselves incapable of capturing higher intrinsic value for their art that is realizable in the global market. Typically, the rural artisans face high physical and transaction costs in accessing distant markets. They are also constrained by lack of information about markets, business skills and collective organization that can interact with large market intermediaries.  This platform is a part of Exim Bank’s endeavour to make a difference to the livelihoods of those participating, by affording a vibrant market in this part of the country,” said Mr. Mallick