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First-ever exhibition of handicrafts held in Kandahar

Kandahar City, July 8, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The first-ever handcrafts exhibition, organised by a non-governmental organisation, was opened in this southern city on Sunday.

The aim is to promote locally prepared handcrafts and improve economic conditions of the people attached to the cottage industry.

Ahmad Jan Nazari, one of the organisers, told Pajhwok Afghan News the exhibition would encourage local artisans and promote the industry in future.

Around 1,000 different objects have been put on display in the exhibition opened at the Kabul Darwaza or Kabul Gate area of the city.

Nazari said hand-woven rugs, blankets, prayer mats, shawls, portraits, caps, male, female and children clothes, clay pots and many other locally made objects had been displayed at the exhibition. He said the show would continue for five days.

Ahmad Salim, resident of Kandahar City, appreciated the organisers for holding the exhibition. He told Pajhwok that all the objects displayed were attractive. He said the move would encourage local artisans and help promote their art.

Baryalai, a stall owner selling hand-embroidered necklines, told this correspondent that the stuff was prepared by their female family members.

He demanded of the government to organise such exhibitions more than once in a year to give boost to the local industry, which is the bread and butter for many families.