Will Vas­tra take place this year… When?

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Whether Vas­tra, the only in­ter­na­tional ap­parel sourc­ing fair of Jaipur, will take place this year or not, is still not fi­nal­ized. Though or­ga­niz­ers of the event RIICO and FICCI, have an­nounced the dates – 28th June to 1st July 2018 – things will be fi­nal only by about 10th of April as claimed by a se­nior per­son, fa­mil­iar about the mat­ter. “So far there is no pos­i­tive sign re­gard­ing the fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment and the same is ex­pected to be clear by the first week of April,” he told with re­quest for anonymity.

The sit­u­a­tion is very con­fus­ing for many Jaipur-based ex­porters as the pro­posed dates of 7th edi­tion of Vas­tra are very close to 61st IIGF in New Delhi, sched­uled to be held from 16th-18th July, 2018.

Till now, all six edi­tions of

Vas­tra have taken place from Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber only.

There are many such ex­porters of Jaipur and Pushkar, and few from Delhi-NCR, who par­tic­i­pate in both the events. But this year, they are con­fused as it is not easy as well as much fruit­ful for them to par­tic­i­pate in two sim­i­lar fairs within a span of 15 days. Such clash of dates will also have neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence on buy­ers’ vis­i­ta­tion. On above is­sues, while RIICO and FICCI did not re­ply to Ap­parel On­line e-mail, but the in­dus­try re­acted strongly. Pu­rushot­tam Gupta, CEO, Ekta Fash­ion who par­tic­i­pates nor­mally in both events, agrees with this prob­lem and says that it may be due to state elec­tions. Elec­tions are sup­posed to take place in De­cem­ber 2018 or Jan­uary 2019. Pradeep Na­hata, Di­rec­tor of Karni Ex­ports, an­other ex­porter par­tic­i­pat­ing in both events, feels it is re­ally not worth­while be­cause there is no use invit­ing any buyer in a short pe­riod of 15 days as it is very in­con­ve­nient for them to travel again and again. There will be less foot­fall if both these events will be or­ga­nized as per cur­rent sched­ule. “To avoid all these, we may par­tic­i­pate in Hong Kong Fash­ion Week, sched­uled from 9-12 July,” he said.

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