India Pavilion Opens at GIHC
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, October 15, 2010
NEW YORK - HTT aligned with several major India-based home textiles suppliers to create the first-ever India Pavilion within the New York Home Fashions Market earlier this month. Located at industry hub 7 West 34th Street in three showroom spaces - two on the 10th floor and one on the eighth floor, this pavilion housed participating suppliers' various product displays in bedding, bath and soft decorative accessories.
To formally inaugurate the India Pavilion, which officially opened its doors in tandem with the week-long market on Sept. 13, suppliers and government officials joined in first cutting the blue ribbon at the entrance and then lighting a small "diya," which is a traditional India lamp symbolizing prosperity.
Lighting the diya, an India traditional lamp symbolizing prosperity was Amitabh Jain, center, of the ministry of commerce and industry, Government of India. He was flanked on his right by Amit Puperelia, vice chairman of Texprocil, and on his left by Gondane, deputy council of India to the U.S.
In the center is Gondane, the deputy council of India to the U.S., who cut the threshold blue ribbon to the India Pavilion. On his left at the forefront is VS Velayutham of Texprocil and Kaushal Shah of HTT India. Clapping and standing on the right forefront is Siddhartha, also of Texprocil.
Century-old English bath towel company Chortex took a display area for its product on the eighth-floor space of the India Pavilion. Seen here are company executives Claire Smithson and Onur Uyanik.
On the 10th floor space of the pavilion was Rateria Exports, which showed its new top-of-bed collections, quilts and throws. Seen here are Meenu Rateria, co-owner, and Rajbala Singh, design director, discussing new techniques applied on the company's latest decorative pillow offerings.
Supplier and retail partners, potential and existing, to the India Pavilion participating companies were invited to a special cocktail l party during market. Above: The design team from Ellery Home Styles dropped in to see Rateria Exports' latest product lines. Seen here, left to right, are: Anjuli McLawrence, Deanna Hustey, Rebecca Reisch, and Katie Kelberg, all from Ellery, with Rateria co-owner Meenu Rateria.
Textrade's Anish Doshi, center, stopped in to the Pavilion for the party and chatted with 7W execs Sheila Charton and Chris Collins.
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