Exhibition of local handicrafts and Gem stones held at Chitral.
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL, Sep 12: To promote their skill, attract local non local customers and linkage development to
national and international market Exhibition of local handicrafts held in a local hotel. Master
piece of Kho and Kalash culture were displayed in different stalls. The exhibition was
organized by Agha Khan Rural support Program (AKRSP) in collaboration with different Local
Support Organizations of Chitral.
Throughout Chitral women make handicrafts and other domestic use items in their houses, most
of themt are handmade. To introduce these handicrafts an exhibition was held in a local hotel
in Chitral. Stalls of different handicrafts and other items representing Chitral’s culture were
installed in the exhibition. Khow and Kalash cultures stalls got attention at large and
appreciation of public. Men and women in the stalls have displayed handmade items and people
were coming in large number to see these handicrafts.
Talking with our correspondent some local women told that they make these items in houses with
hands without any machine use but they are not getting suitable price for it because they donâ€™t
have access to national and international market. They said if government and non-governmental
organization introduce these handicrafts in international market they would be able to get
suitable price and it would have better economic effect on the area.
They complained about the worst roads infrastructure in Chitral and said if it would be
improved then there would be easy access to international market or buyers/customers their
selves would come to the area. Sweaters made of wool with hands are very famous were also
displayed in different stalls. Dry fruit, decoration pieces, stitched clothes in different
designs and other daily use items attracted visitors in these stalls. A machine also got
attention of the public which is used for fixing of pipes without the uses of nuts.
Additional assistant commissioner Muhammad Ikram visited the stalls who highly hiled local
women for displaying master pieces of handicrafts and decoration pieces. Who distributed
certificates among the best stalls holders. The objective of the exhibitions was to attract
the attention of people in local products and its access to international market that women in
houses earn with honor for their livelihood.
Gems stones and other decoration pieces made from precious stones were special items of the
stall. Local people demanded for improvement in communication system and arranging such type of
exhibition for promoting of local culture to enable women folk for earning their livelihood
with a honor way.