Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the eight edition of the 7-day long National Tribal Craft Mela-2019 at Odisha State Tribal Museum Complex, here on Saturday.

More than 240 tribal artisans from 18 states including Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are participating in the Mela and will showcase handicraft items, handloom products, iron, bamboo products, puppets, siali crafts, tribal textiles and embroidery work, tribal paintings and many more tribal products.

The Mela has been organised with the objective of promotion and popularisation of traditional tribal arts and crafts and to help the artisans to find better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for commercial viability of their products.