Its gives me immense pleasure that Jodhpur Handicrafts Exporters’ Association (JHEA) is launching our first website on its 18th Anniversary. The JHEA was conceptualized to be the interface between the Handicraft Exporter Community & the Govt. and other related institutions in order, that the industry may grow and progress in totality. JHEA has proved facilities to manufacturers in Jodhpur and the CFC is being utilized. We have taken steps in the right direction, even though small ones. To enumerate and recapitulate the activities of the Association.
The number of cause conscious members who are now associated with us has grown by 100% and as we add on to this strength further, JHEA is gaining momentum every day. We have amongst us, almost all the leading handicraft Exporters and their support and guidance on various issues, benefiting all immensely. We are today widely recognized & respected by the bodies like Central Govt. Departments, EPCH, NCDPD, NID, NIFT, FIEO, ASSOCHAM, CII etc. and the STATE GOVT., who confide in our advice when it comes to the Handicraft Export Scenario from Rajasthan.
In the world of wooden lacquer ware, Jodhpur – the Hight Point of India – has earned itself the place of honour. Our handicrafts do not only exhibit exquisite artistry but also the cultural heritage of the nation in the form of colours, motifs and ways of life. All these factors have made Jodhpur crafts popular in International markets. Over the years Jodhpur has developed into a centre for production of furniture and accessories made out of wood, recycled wood, iron and wrought iron etc. in addition to the normal hand crafted products covering a wide range of home items, houseware items, decorative, gifts and souvenirs etc. Designs, quality and finish are ethnic but also contemporary to suit the modern requirements. Jodhpur is the manufacturing hub of eco-friendly products for the environmentally conscious buyers. The buyers really seem to be interested in the products manufactured at jodhpur-hence the desire to visit the place and check the products on-site. The city, in fact, is excelling in handicraft export, particularly furniture. The total value of export from Jodhpur, at present, stand at a whopping $ 30 millions. In addition, the city is fact gaining strength in stonework, sandstone and marble.
However, the stupendous growth of Handicrafts from the Suncity Jodhpur in the recent years is a glowing tribute to the unflinching efforts of my fellow members of the Association, in the highly competitive international market. Their contribution to one of the core industries of the State is commendable. Their performance is worth emulating. The growth rate of export of handicrafts from Jodhpur is in itself a testimony of the quality work and art by craftspersons and the dedication of our exporting members. Their efforts to bring about standardization, quality control and mechanization while retaining the uniqueness of handicrafts, are commendable. Three cheers to them.
I find myself short of words for my fellow exporters who always stand with me shoulder-to-shoulder to provide new heights to the export and the Association. JHEA could make rapid strides only with their vivacious agility. I am especially indebted to the Patron-in-Chief, Patrons, Office Bearers, Members of the Executive Committee whose esteemed guidance could help me strengthen the Association in becoming a pivotal force to its members to achieve an accelerated growth in export of handicrafts from Jodhpur by coordinating in export promotional activities and addressing their grievances.
It was the solidarity, unity & harmonious relations amongst members through which I could derive strength to serve them more better. I look forward for their esteemed support in the endeavour to make Association more stronger and more purposeful. My burden was much lightened when all the members of Executive Committee stood with me shoulder to shoulder. I take this juncture to assure all the members that I shall live upto their expectations. I look forward for their continued, valuable support in finding the Association attain the new heights in its endeavour to serve them better and even more better.