Thai herbal health products interest local traders most, Hundreds visit five-day Thailand Week at Himachal Bhawan
The most-awaited lifestyle show of the region, Thailand Week 2017 culminated at Himachal Bhawan here today. Hundreds of residents from the Tricity and surrounding areas visited the fair on all days and made the most of a variety of herbal, cosmetic, food, jewelry, art, paintings, electronic and other items at the shopping festival. Traders from the region also participated in the B2B meetings held on the sidelines of the show. Herbal health products from Thailand generated the most queries from traders. “Our herbal products especially oils and balms meant for any kind of pain are a mix of 40 and more herbs to relieve any kind of body pain and were the hot sell at the fair,” said an exhibitor. “We have a lot of faith in the alternate systems of healing and wellness much like Thailand. We enjoyed choosing from a variety of health products available at the fair,” said Mamta Sharma, a housewife from Mohali. Thailand Week 2017 was inaugurated by Mrs Kavita Singh, Secretary Industries, Chandigarh Administration and MD, CITCO, Chandigarh.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Office of Commercial Affairs (OCA), Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi and Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government had organised the 5th edition of Thailand Week (An Exclusive Exposition Promoting Trade, Showcasing Culture & Art of Thailand) from Wednesday, 29 March to Sunday 2 April 2017 at Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28 – B, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh. Mr Panuwat Jantharajit, Counsellor (Commercial), Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy said, “Our aim is to boost people-to-people contact between Thailand and the North India. Indian and Thai cultures are similar in a lot of ways and events like Thailand Week are aimed to take the traditional bond between the two countries forward. Direct flights from Chandigarh to Thailand slated to start soon will also boost trade as well as people-to people ties between the two nations.”
Mr Rohit Grover, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council, welcomed 30 participants from Thailand displayed skin & beauty care products, wellness/spa products, gems & jewelry, optical goods, handicrafts, artificial flowers & home décor items, apparels & fashion accessories, ladies handbags, footwear, household products, food items, pet food and much more at the fair. We request the Embassy officials to re-consider the Thailand’s participation in 2017 not only in Chandigarh, but other Tier 2 cities like Lucknow & Jaipur as well.”
Earlier Shoppers from City Beautiful experienced the subtle beauty of a variety of folk dances from Thailand on the third day of Thailand Week on at Himachal Bhawan today. Yanisa Onchai, an international relations professional and a trained classical dancer, performed folk dances Ram Sat Chatri and Ra Bam from South Thailand, Fon Pu Tai from the North, Seang Kra Tip from the East, Ram Klong Yawfrom Central at the fair today much to the delight of hundreds of visitors at the cultural exhibition today.
“Ram Sat Cha tri is a folk dance form performed to entertain the general masses. The dance is now performed only on special occasions now. I also performed four different kinds of folk dances at the fair which represent the four regions of Thailand,” Yanisa said.
Silk drapes a hit:Thai drapes and flowing silk dresses were up for grabs at the Thailand Week 2017. Young girls could be seen shopping their heart out at the various stalls at the fair. “Made of Thai silk the flowing tops and long maxi dresses are favourite among shoppers here. Priced between Rs 1,500 to 1,800, the dresses are hot selling items at our stall,” said an exhibitor.Funky sequined contemporary party dresses, tops and T shirts were also cynosure of all eyes at the Thailand Week. “We have brought several of our collections to the first time at the fair. Our one-piece dresses, T shirts and tops have the funky young feel to them as they are designed for the youth of today who love a bit of bling to hit the party circuit. Priced between Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000, our designs are being loved by shoppers. This time we have brought dresses in black, white and beige only but going by the Indian love for colour, we will surely add more colours to our collection next time,” said Gee Warwick, designer and owner of GU:G and Kuni brands of Thailand.
Tangy delights: Visitors had a taste of tangy savoury Thai salads at the Thailand Week fair today. “Made of fresh herbs and green papaya and fruits, Thai salads are very good for health and especially for women,” said an exhibitor while handing over small salad bites to visitors. Rice and Kimchi noodles were another hit among shoppers looking for quintessentially Thai palate. “Having visited Thailand for holidays, we have fallen in love with the food there too. Finding the same food here is welcome surprise for us,” said Uma Sharma, a homemaker. “Thai Macadamia nuts besides almonds and cashew nuts are being much loved by the shoppers to the fair,” said an exhibitor.