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Female prisoners’ handmade items exhibited

ISLAMABAD: The women inmates of Adiala Jail exhibited their handmade items in a two-day exhibition, which started on Saturday at a local hotel.

The work of as many as 40 women prisoners has been showcased. The items on display include purses, bead counters and household accessories.

The stall presenting items by the prisoners was organised by a woman, who requested anonymity, to draw attention of the government and general public towards women prisoners issue.

While talking to Daily Times, she said there were 200 women and 40 children in Adiala Jail and most of them were innocent. “There was no one to listen to our voice so we decided to organise the exhibition to highlight the issue,” she said.

The organiser said most of women in jail were used to do some work to earn livelihood of their children. “There are many women, including Suraya Talib, whose children went missing after their imprisonment,” she added.

The other stalls in the exhibition offered a wide range of items including dresses, household items, bed linens, handicraft and jewellery. The stalls of jewellery and clothes were attracting more visitors.

The unstitched and stitched kurtis and suits of “Taar kashi” were the most demanding item of the exhibition while exquisite designs and funky colours attracted the young girls.

A variety of embroidered suits from Multan and Bhawalpur were also selling like hot cakes besides the formal dresses designed especially for the wedding ceremonies.

The fancy suits in the exhibition were presenting a modern look with their trendy cuts while maintaining true elegance. Their contemporary cuts and customary embellishment were adding to their charm. Women, especially girls thronged the stalls offering latest jewellery designs.

Fancy and casual bed linens were also praiseworthy with their striking colour combinations and unique designs. Other items including embroidered try covers, towels, night suits and tea cozies were on display at a very reasonable price.
Source: Daily Times
Date:4/20/2008

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