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Italy, India stood out at Cuban Crafts Fair FIART 2015

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-12-21 13:00:00 – Havana

The International Handicrafts Fair of Havana, popularly known by FIART opened on December 4 at Pabexpo fairgrounds, organized by the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets, in collaboration with the EGREM and ARTEX and supported by the Ministry of Culture. Fiart 2015 welcomed attractive and varied crafts of Latin American, Chinese, Spanish, Indian and Romanian creators, among others.

The textile creativity of Italy has its place in the International Crafts Fair, FIART 2015. Angela Riccione, a lover of Cuba, has brought her designs to the Crafts Fair this year. In general, they make clothes for heavily built people and not always is easy in Cuba to find nice clothes for women over 30', said Riccione's granddaughter and representative, Hany Gonzalez Riccione.

This was their second time at the event and believes it is a very positive experience. Customers rushed to buy their clothes, which are entirely made from materials brought from Italy.

Angela Riccione is one of the 62 foreign participants to Fiart 2015, they plan to continue attending to the future editions of FIART, because of the opportunities that a grand event like this brings with it, and also, because of the increased interest from buyers.

In a fair full of good taste and imagery, India also stood out for the diversity of pieces with decorative and utilitarian functions and designs clearly motivated by symbols of its culture.To recreate an image in the likeness of Indian bazaars was always among the purposes of the exhibitors of the country, said Gopal Arora, who is attending the International Crafts Fair, Fiart 2015 for the first time.

Invited by the Cuban Fund of Cultural Assets, Arora also highlighted the potential of the Havana fair to bring people from different countries that believe in art as a means to express culture.

More than one Indian stand drew the attention of visitors to Fiart thanks to the exhibition and the opportunities to commerce pieces of marble, stone, wood and textiles, mostly handmade. Gopal Arora said that among the most widely accepted pieces were cotton bedspreads and tablecloths, also mostly handmade.

Also were present craftsmen from Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, among others.

After two weeks of intense activity at Pabexpo, in the outskirts of the city, Fiart's 19th edition ended yesterday.

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