Handicrafts event offers avenue for single mothers, underprivileged to sell products

Salmah showing her own handmade patchwork at the launching ceremony.

IT TURNS out bowties and neckerchiefs aren’t only meant for humans, cats can wear them too!

Liza Zuraidah Abdullah’s fondness for cats inspired her to make the neckwear for felines.

The 62-year-old mother of four said she initially started making the neckwear a few years ago.

“My daughter and I were making the items for fun for about two years.

“We then realised that we could also sell them and my children help me sell the neckwear,” she said when met at the event to launch the Handmade Market by Perak Women’s Development Department Director Srihartini Shamsudin at hypermarket in Klebang on Tuesday.

Liza Zuraidah was one of the many participants who took part in the five-day event.

The event, started by the Association of Creative Sewing Art of Malaysia and Pusat Latihan Kraftangan Epal, is a nationwide drive to improve the household income of single mothers, underprivileged groups and people with special needs.

Also involved in the event were the Perak Women’s Development Department and the Human Resource Department.

Among the items sold at the market included patchwork, bags, blankets and handicrafts.

Srihartini (third from right) looking at the handicrafts on sale. — Photos: SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star
Srihartini (third from right) looking at the handicrafts on sale. —Photos: SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

Another participant, wheelchair-bound Salmah Abdullah, 62, said her condition does not stop her from pursuing her interest in making handmade products.

“I started making handmade products about six years ago after purchasing a sewing machine from Epal.

“They also provided me with free sewing courses and I can now make items like bags and blankets,” she said, adding that she became disabled 30 years ago after an accident.

“I am able to earn some money by selling my own handmade products on a platform like this,” said the retired government employee.

Gopal Raman manning a booth selling the handiwork of several disabled people.
Gopal Raman manning a booth selling the handiwork of several disabled people.

Another participant Hanifah Jaafar, 69, said she has been making handmade caft objects for eight years.

“Two of my children are working in Kuala Lumpur and after my husband’s death, I did not have anything to do at home so I started making handicrafts and patchwork.

“I am happy that the Handmade Market has given me a space to sell my handicraft,” she said.

Srihartini said she believes learning basic skills like making handcrafts and sewing are useful and could help them generate income.

“I hope many will come and buy the handmade products to support the handmade product makers,” she said.

“The market will be held here again in July,” she added.

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