The Bagh handicraft of Dhar
district of Madhya Pradesh is now earning fame worldwide and received encomiums
from people abroad. The famous Bagh handicraft items were displayed by India for
the second time in Italy recently. This year, the Union Textile Ministry has
selected noted Bagh artiste Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khatri for displaying his Bagh
prints there. On return from the foreign tour, Shri Yusuf Khatri termed his
foreign visit as successful and a movement of pride for the Indian art.
As many as six best exponents of different arts were selected from all over the
country to sent to Italy. Out of these, preference was given to the lone Bagh
artiste of Dhar district. Shri Yusuf displayed his art in Italy from December 4
The popularity of Madhya Pradesh’s Bagh prints can be gauged by the fact that
four members of Bagh printers’ group toured four foreign countries for two
months including Australia, Bangladesh, Italy and England. Bagh artiste Shri
Umar Farooq Khatri visited Birmingham in England, Shri Abdul Qadir went to
Melbourne in Australia, Shri Daud Khatri displayed his art at Bangladesh’s
capital Dhaka and Shri Mohammad Yusuf showed his Bagh print skills in Italy.
This is for the first time that India has got the opportunity to display its
arts in four countries for two months at a stretch.