Empowerment of Women : Women of India Festival 2016
Women from rural and urban areas congregated together to showcase their products representing a wide variety of items under one umbrella - Women of India Festival 2016. A fair which is an amalgamation of fabric, cereals, lentils, herbs, spices, health drinks, oils, honey, pickles , ice-cream, paper pulp items, metal products, ceramic and clay articles, things up-scaled from waste materials, , cane pieces, jute specialities, wood products and much more.
The festival began this year on 14th Oct and ends on 23rd Oct. There are three note-worthy aspects of this fair: Firstly, it’s all about India’s craft and artifact, farming- agriculture, candy making -confectionary, fabric for garment and carpet making. Secondly, this festival is by women so it’s a must for every stall to have at least one woman representative. The exhibition isn’t devoid of men but the fact remains that the integral part of this event are women. Thirdly, all the products showcased are Organic.
The Women of India Festival 2016 is being organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development , Government of India. It was inaugurated by the Union Cabinet Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Gandhi. This huge-scale event with a gamut of organic products has been made possible by the collaboration of government co-operatives, various NGOs like Navdanya and many others, with the permission of the Ministry. This show represents a united India. It has highlighted the rural business class as well as the urban manufacturers at the same platform. The kiosks are not from any particular region but are from every corner of India. Delhi to North East, from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh to Gujarat, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and many other states . Many states hold more than one stall. Some items are product of tribal areas and other interior parts of India. Ladies who are the main representatives of the festival whether educated or not, are well informed about their products showcased at their stall. The number of counters is above two hundred which by itself is remarkable.
October is the month of festivals in India. Although Navratra and Durga Puja are over, there are many more festivals lined up such as Karwa Chauth, Chat Puja, Deepawali, Kali Puja, Bhai Dooj to name a few. Festivals are the best occasion to purchase new sarees and garments for personal use, for the family, for the loved ones, and, even to gift someone special. Household items, home décor, food items, ornaments and some look alike antique pieces for a rare collection are all available at the festival. Sarees are available in raw silk and cotton, khadi fabric, readymade dresses like long skirts, kurtis and kurtas, tops, jackets, woollen shawls, ponchos are to name a few. Carpets of different shapes and sizes, decorative pieces made of wood, paper pulp, metals, clay, jute, cane as well. Artificial ornaments, wooden chess-sets, lamp shades, jewelry box, bags for all purposes and even items that consumers might not find elsewhere.
Some saleable products are quite innovative and interesting such as clay utensils with handles which can be used on cooking gas and those without handles that are microwave safe; they can be used in convection mode also. Cleaning these potteries is quite easy and simple. Salt or baking powder with a little water will clean the utensils thoroughly. Although, the items are breakable they are quite eye catching, useful and affordable. Comb made of neem wood is another attractive item. Madhubani art on sarees, dupattas, home decors are truly magnificent. A craftsman takes almost three to four months to complete a saree that’s entirely adorned in Madhubani painting. Price range varies from a few hundreds to a few thousands. An ice cream kiosk instantly draws attention as it does not use any dairy product. Soy milk and nuts milk are the ingredients used for preparing ice cream of different flavours. There is no difference in taste and it can be a very good alternative for those ice cream lovers who want to abstain from dairy and gluten products. There’s a stall which has a collection of fruit candies and much more. A litchi toffee tastes heavenly. It’s not just a flavour of litchi rather every bite of the candy is a slice of the litchi fruit.
What are you waiting for? The fair is still on, so visit the festival and enhance the knowledge of the tribal art, craft, fabric, herbs, spices and urban products. There is no additional entry fee for the Women of India Festival 2016, only the ticket into Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi is required. The festival offers a great outing and especially for those who love to shop and are in search of organic products. The Kalam memorial which has been set up at the same venue is an added pleasure to the visitors of the festival.
Though this is a modern age, many Indian women are still subjected to misbehaviour, cruel approach and inhuman treatment. When Indian women are facing such disregard then at that moment an attempt to encourage and highlight their qualities and capabilities is a praiseworthy effort. Visit the fair and support Women empowerment!