Two-day craft show excites rural women

THE much anticipated two-day women’s craft show begins in the Capital City today.

Dubbed the Central Division’s biggest craft exhibition, it will feature women from as far as Naitasiri, Namosi, Tailevu and Serua selling their handicraft products at the Suva foreshore.

Silivani Kuruvakadua, 55, of Nadovu Village in Naitasiri said they had been looking forward to the event.

“We will be showcasing various items in this two-day event,” Ms Kuruvakadua said.

“From baskets to mats and many others, most of which were not easy to make, but we are confident that its turnover would be a success,” she said. According to her, the women of Nadovu Village left for Suva about 4am yesterday to allow them ample time in preparation for today’s event.

“We left really early mainly because we want to reach Suva on time and prepare ourselves for this craft show and probably because it was our only chance to get a transport to Suva,” she said.

“These baskets are special because we have to go deep in to the forests to look for materials. The plant itself however, is something that will blow your mind.”

With the theme Connecting Women to the Markets: Making it Happen, the women of Nadovu Village are extending their invitation to the public to visit their booth over the two days.

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