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Former journalist, Sereana Naulivou, is encouraging women to come out and display their hidden talents economically.
The 60-year-old was part of the Western Crafts Exhibition held at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park the psat week.
“A lot of woman do not realise they have some hidden talents and I encourage them to try and use things that are around them,” she said.
“I am looking around and I see the different artworks and handiworks that are on display and on sale. There is a lot of talent around here.
“This can also generate income, just by making use of what’s available,” she said.
Ms Naulivou had earrings and necklaces on show which she made out of recycled paper and other recycled materials.
“This is my contribution to the environment, out of paper. Plastic bottles and this time coconut shells, recycled papers,” she said.
The retired journalist who worked in the 1970s also worked with non-governmental organisations ‘Partners in Community’ to share her knowledge of making recycled jewelleries with women in the interior of Rakiraki.
“I spent a couple of days teaching the villagers to make paper jewellery. This was after I was approached by a non-governmental organisation, Partners in Community. They work with the community and in partnership with the Fiji Arts Council.
She taught women in three villages – Nabukadra, Saioko and Nadogoloa – and they have for the first time been part of the Western Art exhibition.
“This time the villagers have come to be part of the Fijian Handicraft Show, and in this expo they have to exhibit what they have learned,” she said.
Edited by Naisa Koroi