Murtaza inaugurates 11th Sartyoon Sang Crafts exhibition in Karachi

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Administrator Karachi, Barrister Murtaza Wahan on Friday inaugurated the three-day 11th‘Sartyoon Sang Crafts’ exhibition at Ocean Mall Clifton, Karachi.
The three-day exhibition is organized by the Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) in collaboration with the Sindh Government and its partners displaying the work of around thousands of women artisans of Sindh province with the aim to provide market linkages to rural women and artisans.

Murtaza appreciated the endeavors of Sindh Rural Support Organizations for poor and destitute communities and expects the future to keep such spirit for the rural communities of Sindh. Program 01

“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 artifacts 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, administrator Karachi said arranging such activity to promote artisans, handicrafts, and Sindh’s culture was a great effort being made by the SRSO also. Program 03

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 into the limelight, he said.

The Craft Exhibition is being organized by SRSO for the last ten years year in consecutive with the motive to support ethical fashion and to promoting crafts of some of the most marginalized 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. Exquisite traditional crafts have been displayed, a wide mixture of Sindh’s handicrafts made by rural women are exhibited, including home textiles, basketry, jewelry, dresses, dupattas, and shawls, embellished with traditional embroidery and cutwork. Program 02

These events aimed to boost the local crafts and begin a sturdy process for connecting our Business Development Groups (BDGs) and artisans to the high-end market of Karachi.
This is purely an effort to develop market opportunities for rural women especially those from extremely remote villages of northern Sindh and the profit being earned from these exhibitions is transferred to these artisans.

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 50,000 women from the most underdeveloped regions including Jacobabad, Kandhkot-Kashmore, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Jaccababad, Khairpur, Sukkur, and other districts that to help these women gain maximum monetary benefit from their skills, they have incorporated urban trends into their work. “In order to set apart their work from what is available in the market, we have made a few innovations, such as the network done on the blankets,” said CEO Kalhoro.

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