Nepalese handicraft has two faces. The cultural handicraft is an age-old practice and nurtured through religious scriptures. However, the development of Nepalese handicraft as profession and industry can be noticed after 1950. It has passed through many upheavals and been successful to develop as important aspect of Nepal’s export basket. Nepalese cultural handicraft is well received in many parts of the World.
Nepal’s handicraft basket is full of novel handicrafts too. The age old skill and designs blended with modern living has given birth to this handicraft. Nepal offers home decors, fashion wear, tableware and similar products in the World market.
Nepal has developed its ability to supply tailor-made handicraft to cater the requirements of the users for many years. Nepalese handicrafts have the features like authentic quality, creative designs, blend of oriental and occidental life style and more important, one-of-a-kind.
Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) was established in 1972 to enhance and promote handicraft trade and industry. Originally, its name was Handicraft Association of Nepal (HAN). It is registered under Institution Registration Act of Nepal. It is a service oriented non-profit organization of private sector business and artisan community. It helps its members to improve their productivity, explore markets and introduce them to the international arena. It also works as liaison between its members and the Government and Non-Government Organizations.
Apart from its conventional role of advocating for maintaining conducive business environment, FHAN has taken a proactive role to provide business related services to the people engaged handicraft sector of Nepal. In this series, FHAN has partnered with Government and Non-Government Organizations for providing services like skill/design/product development, quality testing and market linkages.
Handicraft Trade Fair
Handicraft Trade Fair is one of the promotional activities organized by FHAN for improving trade of handicrafts. Handicraft trade fair that started with local trade orientation in 1991 has grown as International event with participation from SAARC and other Asian countries. Visits of buyers from all parts of the globe have enhanced its value. These trade fairs have catalytic effect in developing handicraft trade and Industry. This event is complemented with craft competition and seminaries on concurrent issues.
Objectives of the 12th Handicraft Trade Fair
- Provide forum for direct meeting between suppliers and buyers
- Present new craft products of SAARC region to consumer and traders
- Develop the event as Handicraft Business Hub for the SAARC region
- Provide an opportunity to participants to witness the competitor’s product
Date: November 20 to 24, 2014, (Mangsir 4 to 8, 2071)
Time:10 am to 6 pm
Venue: Bhrikuti Mandap, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu