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Nakauvadra Heaps Praise On Women Artisans In Western Division

  Women from six different districts in the Western Division were recognised for their roles as artisans in Fiji. During the Western Women Art Show at Shirley Park on Thursday,
25 Feb 2018 11:00
Nakauvadra Heaps Praise On Women Artisans In Western Division
Seruwaia Batule during the Western Women Art Show at Shirley Park in Lautoka on February 23,2018 Photo: Karalaini Tavi

 

Women from six different districts in the Western Division were recognised for their roles as artisans in Fiji.

During the Western Women Art Show at Shirley Park on Thursday, Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra said such art shows would prepare women artisans for larger platforms.

These women included grandmothers, mothers and their daughters.

“Women are significant agents for change in their societies, it is their hard work that instills a strong commitment that builds the foundation in their families and the nation,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“Organising this show for artisans will prepare them for larger platforms such as the National Women’s Expo.

“This will encourage them to also capitalise on the platform in hotels, nearby resorts and linking to other tourist attractions. Not only domestic avenues, but also international platforms as well.”

Mr Nakauvadra commended the women for their resilience, though some of their families are still recovering from last year’s disasters.

He thanked them for coming out in numbers for the art show.

“It is time to thank women artisans for their role and the wonderful task in the restoration of the last year’s disaster, you have really proven yourself to be resilient.”

“From the art show the best artisans will be chosen to represent their various districts at the Women’s Expo this year.”

Seruwaia Batule has been involved in handicraft and weaving  for over 30 years and her advice to local women is to make use of the God-given talent they have.

The 59-year-old from Koro said she was taught by her mother and now her business has grown over the years.

“I specialise in making handicraft objects from screwpine (voivoi) like hand chips, flowers, chains, bracelets, earrings, and many more,” she said.

“For women, who are shy or feel their work will not be recognised, please try and make use of the natural talents that you have. From my own personal experience this work can take you places.”

The two-day event ended yesterday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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