Mira Brings Along Her Passion For Sewing

Mira Kwon, 56, gave up her job as a nurse to share her sewing skills with people. Originally from South Korea, Ms Kwon has been residing in Fiji with her
05 Sep 2016 10:00
Mira Brings Along Her Passion For Sewing
Rakesh Chand outside the High Court in Suva on September 11, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar Not safe at night, say university students SHALVEEN CHAND SUVA It is not safe at night say Fiji National University Nasinu campus students. Students say the bus stops are quite risky at night as there have been incidents where phones and bags have been snatched. First year student Alumita Qeremaitoga said a friend of hers had her phone snatched at the bus stop at night. “I don’t think it is safe at night because, there are not many people around at night and there is not enough lighting,” she said. Ulamila Biudole and Losalini Raluve also said that they have heard of such stories and they felt scared when walking alone. Shayal Shivani said she avoided the bus stop situated close to Delainamasi Government School. “I totally avoid that bus stop, the one near the primary school. It is isolated and scary. Also the one at the top, I rarely go there alone,” she said. Ajnesh Chand said although he had not personally experienced anything, he was wary at night. Timoci Togei who lives directly opposite the FNU campus said it shocked him to hear that there was mugging incidents in the area. “I have been here for more than 25 years and in this time there has not been a serious crime in the area,” he said. Meanwhile, a social media post claimed that on Monday, September 9, a young woman studying at the university in Nasinu was chased by a group of men at Nasinu and was sexually abused. The writer of the post claimed they had rescued the woman from the traffic lights at Kinoya. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said no such report has been received at the Valelevu Police Station since September 7. Edited by Susana Tuilau Feedback: shalveen.

Mira Kwon, 56, gave up her job as a nurse to share her sewing skills with people.

Originally from South Korea, Ms Kwon has been residing in Fiji with her husband for the last 10 years.

“I have been sewing since my childhood. I learnt sewing from my mother,” she said.

Ms Kwon said she always wanted to become a painter but her father did not allow her to pursue that dream.

Though she became a nurse, her love for sewing never faded.

“After two years, I gave up my nursing profession and stared to teach sewing in Korea,” she said.

Ms Kwon said she was part of the Na Koro Market yesterday because she wanted children to learn how to sew and make toys out of fabrics.

“Last month children learned how to make an owl from fabric and this month I am teaching them how to make a chicken toy out of fabric.

“Every month in the Na Koro Market, children will learn different things,” she said.

“Na Koro Market is the best platform where I can teach children how to sew,” she said.

Since 2008, Ms Kwon has run quilting classes at her home in Raiwaqa, Suva, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

She said she imports fabric from Korea and used bula material fabric to do her sewing.

Aside from toys, Ms Kwon also sews blankets, purses, embroidery bags and pillow cases.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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