From Jan10-12 there was a weavers & handicrafts exhibition at RMKV Silks at Brookefields,Coimbatore. Women weavers from India, Bangladesh,Afghanistan,Bhutan,Nepal & Pakistan participated. Some of them were provided with looms and actually demonstrated their weaving and embroidery skills.SEWA -a self employed women's association has tied up with SABAH an organization funded by SAARC Development Fund to help craftsmen from South Asian Countries and to bring alive dying crafts and help these women become self reliant. Products on display included sarees, stoles,cushion covers and home decor featuring Baluchi Kandaharjoshi,sapma & tipma weaves,jamdani patchwork,applique and intricate hand embroidery were on display. Naazish from Pakistan talked with enthusiasm but refused to pose for a picture. Pema Shering and Gem had carted table mats,shawls,sweat shirts,laptop bags and pouches made from yak wool all the way from Bhutan.
|Tandin Wangmo from Bhutan is seen weaving a Kira - a traditional Bhutanes dress|
|Devumaya Nimpu from Nepal weaves sarees, shawls & caps. Here she is seen weaving a shawl|
|A woman from Tamilnadu seen here weaving a Kanchipuram saree.|
|Two young ladies from war torn Afghanistan proudly posed with their finished products |
|Raniben from Gujarat.India is all concentration as she intricately embroiders a dress. - above and below|