KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday inaugurated the three day 6th ‘Sartyoon Sang Crafts’ exhibition at Ocean Mall Clifton, Karachi.
The three-day exhibition is organized by the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) with collaboration of Sindh Government and its partners displaying work of around 3,545 women artisans from the different districts of Sindh with aim to provide market linkages to rural women and artisans.
The chief Minister appreciated the endeavour of Sindh Rural Support Organizations for poor and destitute community and expecting in future to keep such spirit for rural communities of Sindh.
“We all need to be very practical in understanding the occurring issues of women at ground level and should participate in way of solving them that would bring changes,” he asserted.
The first day of the exhibition received an overwhelming response from local and international visitors.
According to him, handicrafts and artifact help create harmony among different cultures. He said such platforms help indigenous artisans market their products. “It’s the government’s responsibility to not let the work of these artisans die and appreciate the laborious work needed to create handicrafts,” he said.
Appreciating the exhibition, CM sindh said arranging such an activity to promote artisans, handicrafts and Sindh’s culture was a great effort being made by the SRSO also.
He further said that artisans dedicate their entire lives to preparing masterpieces, but their work is never appreciated in urban centers, such as Karachi, “However, these activities will certainly bring the handicrafts of Sindh in the limelight, said Murad Ali Shah.
The Craft Exhibition is being organised by SRSO for the sixth year in consecutive with the motive to support ethical fashion and to promote crafts of some of the most marginalised women in the province.
The event also attracted large numbers of women residents of Clifton and nearby areas, where all ingredients of Sindhi culture are there. In an exquisite traditional crafts have been displayed, a wide mixture of Sindh’s handicrafts made by rural women are exhibited, including home textiles, basketry, jewellery, dresses, dupattas and shawls, embellished with traditional embroidery and cutwork.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SRSO, Muhammad Dittal Kalhoro told that the event’s objective was to facilitate better incomes for women artisans of rural Sindh. “We have trained more than 12,000 women from some of the most under developed regions of Jacobabad, Kandhkot-Kashmore, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Khairpur and Sukkur that to help these women gain maximum monetary benefit from their skills, they have incorporated urban trends into their work.”