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Northeast crafts surprises Thailand
Published on 28 Jan. 2009 2:00 AM IST
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North East on Monday won the hearts of thousands of Thai people as they showcased the rich and colourful handicrafts of the region and swayed to the music of Bhupen Hazarika and Jubin Garg. Former deputy prime minister and advisor to present prime minister of Thailand Dr Trirong Suwankiri, on India's Republic Day inaugurated the first ever stand alone exhibition on indigenous handicraft product of Northeast aptly titled "Made In North East India" at Fashion Island Shopping Centre Bangkok, one of the biggest shopping mall in Thailand The exposition organized by Industries & Trade Fair Association of Assam (ITFAA) in association with DC ( Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, government of India and with support of Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi and Thai Council of Commerce took the elite evening crowd at the stylish mall by surprise as all the participants including the organisers came out in traditional dresses of Northeast commemorating country's Republic Day. Dr Trirong Suwankiri impressed with the colourful designs of Northeast handicrafts pointed out that mixture of Thai and Northeast Handicraft could capture the world market. The huge evening crowd at the mall cheered as the senior political leader posed in colourful Naga jacket. The fashion conscious Thai people made a beeline for the colourfull jewellery of Suresh Das from Tripura. The organisers were overwhelmed by the love and affection showered by Thai community on the artisans on their maiden visit to the country. "Every second moment we are receiving invitation from the visitors for either lunch and dinner. Everybody finds a connection between Northeast India and Thailand," informed Rajesh Das, Vice President, ITFAA. Sunisa of Department of Export Promotion ( DEP) Royal Thai Government couldn't stop praising the rich and colourful embroidery of Nagaland, Rabha handicraft and Meghalaya. Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam ( ITFAA) has the distinction of introducing Thailand in their flagship trade expositions International Guwahati Trade Fair held regularly in Guwahati since the last 16 years. Aptly summarising the mood of the expositions, Madhukar Asnani, First Secretary (Commercial) Embassy of India, Thailand pointed out that the goodness and simplicity of Northeast India showed in the works of the participating artisans. The exposition which began on January 26 would continue till January 31 aspiring to leave a permanent mark on the heart of Thai people.

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