AP Handicrafts Development Corporation has achieved a turnover of Rs. 50 crores
The business target for the current fiscal was fixed at Rs.60 crores
Traditional touch: V. Venkatramaiah (centre), Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation going around the Lepakshi expo in Visakhapatnam on Friday. —
VISAKHAPATNAM: Myriad facets of handicrafts and rich colourful handlooms from all over the country are the main attractions of the Lepakshi exhibition-cum-sale that started at T.T.D. Kalyana Mandapam, M.V.P. Colony, here on Friday.
More than 120 artisans representing different States are taking part in the expo. Handicraft items like palm leaf fans, Kondapalli and Etikoppaka toys, dokra castings, hand-paintings from Sri Kalahasti, furniture items from Banjara are some of items on display here.Mixed textures
The handloom section is a colourful array of mixed designs and textures. While materials from Mangalagiri, Chirala, Pochampally and Uppada form a major part in the handloom section, an attractive range of cotton kurtas, dress materials and sarees from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bengal and Madurai are also on display.
Managing Director of AP Handicrafts Development Corporation V. Venkatramaiah told media persons that the corporation has achieved a turnover of Rs.50 crores in 2007-08.Expansion plans
The business target for the current fiscal was fixed at Rs.60 crores. Venturing into newer fields, the corporation has decided to procure 100 tonnes of red sanders from the Forest Department for manufacture of export products, which is expected to fetch a business target of Rs.5 crores to the corporation.
Red sanders products have great demand in countries like Japan and China, he said.
Speaking about the expansion plans of the corporation, he said that new showrooms are coming up in Tirupati, Kadapa, Guntur, Hyderabad and Chennai. Lepakshi showroom manager K. Srihari said that the corporation aims to achieve a sales target of Rs.20 lakhs through this exhibition.
The exhibition is on till June 15 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.