India home furnishings fair coming to Ikebukuro

OSAKA — The 8th India Home Furnishings Fair will take place at the Ikebukuro Sunshine City Convention Center in Tokyo from June 4 to 6, according to Indian trade and consulate officials in Osaka.

The fair, which alternates between Tokyo and Osaka, is expected to draw 30 Indian companies specializing in curtains, table linen, kitchen textiles and carpets. “Over the past six years, India’s share of the imported home furnishings market in Japan has risen from 2 percent of the total in 1990 to 4.2 percent in 1996,” said T. Hukumchand, the resident director of the India Trade Promotion Organization.

Last year, Japanese consumers purchased some 9.2 billion yen worth of Indian-made furnishings. Of this, table linen accounted for more than 2 billion yen, making India the top exporter to Japan of this particular textile. Other Indian textile products that do well in the Japan market include carpets and furnishings, Hukumchand said.