Parwan’s women artisans complain of drop in handicraft sales
KABUL (Pajhwok): Women from central Parwan province, who participated in a handicraft exhibition, complained of few buyers for their products and stressed the need for holding such events more frequently.
Organised by the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department of Parwan, the three-day exhibition concluded at the Sitara Hotel in Charikar, the provincial capital, on Monday.
Forty artisans participated in the event that showcased different types of artistically sewn dresses, agriculture and dairy products, as well as other local things.
Mohammad Ullah, a resident of the Tokhchi area of Bagram district, also took part in the exhibition to display his detergents, jams and vinegar. He has been making the products for the past seven years.
Ten women are working with him and they can produce up to 1,000 bottles of different edibles in a week. But only 500 bottles are sold. However, he sold 3,500 bottles at the exhibition.
Sumaya Niazi, another participant who displayed women and children’swear and different types of curtains, said four women were working with her. They could sew two suits and two curtains a day.
However, she added they should sew three suits and one curtain due to lower demand. But Niazi expressed pleasure over increased sales at the exhibition. Participants asked the officials concerned to make a permanent arrangement for artisans.
Abdul Wakil Hamidpur, head of the handicraft industry at the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department, said one aim of the exhibition was to find market for the products.
He promised such displays would be held once every two months. “I have spoken to relevant officials on building a market for handicrafts and agriculture products at the Department of Agriculture and Livestock,” he revealed.
Hamidpur added he had sent five artisans to India to display their products there.Around 180 groups of handicraft makers were operating in Parwan, the official concluded.
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