Karigar Mela showcases traditional products made by Sindh artisans

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Showcasing Sindh’s traditional products designed and made by thousands of artisans and craftspersons in various ecological zones of the province, the two-day Karigar Mela organised by the Thardeep Rural Development Prog-ramme (TRDP) concluded at a hotel here on Wedne­sday.

The handicraft stalls in the main lawn of a local hotel were attracting many people who, especially women, were finding it hard to resist beautiful rallis, block-prints, pretty dresses and embroidered suits and so many other things on offer there such caps, purses, artificial jewellery, decoration pieces, etc.

Amid the hustle bustle, one could hear the fussing of a baby though the child was not visible. Then someone noticed one young stall vendor bending down for something under her display table. On closer inspection one found a small hammock made from a light blue embroidered chador tied to two legs of the table. It was a true portrayal of how these rural women are juggling family and business under the Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) programme supported by TRDP and the European Union (EU).

The collaborative venture organises poor households into groups that are provided with grants and technical and vocational training to be able to start small businesses.

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