Women coming together under one roof can be a powerful thing.
With 110 booths, the female creativity and entrepreneurial spirit was felt at a speciality bazaar for women at The Star Media Group’s WOW – Women do Wonders event at Segi University in Kota Damansara.
Carmen Chia, who sold handmade dollhouses using recycled materials, stood out among the vendors for her unique offering.
The 53-year-old said she got the idea to make dollhouses when she saw similar ones in a local shopping centre but they were expensive.
“I came home and started trying to make dollhouses using recycled materials.
“It has been a success,” she said.
Chia does not focus on selling dollhouses but instead offers classes to children and adults who want to learn how to make them.
“Children are growing up engrossed in technology.
“I find that this kind of hobby will occupy their time better.
“They have to be disciplined, patient and will require creative thinking,” she said.
A close look at her dollhouses revealed attention to detail with tiny furniture and fittings.
There were tiny hairdryers, shoes, toothpaste and towels.
At the bazaar, there were also stalls selling clothes, toys and accessories, as well as health and wellness products.
Another stall that stood out was Sundri Ramesh’s Indian-themed cakes.
There was even a black cake with intricate gold jewellery decorations on it.
The 53-year-old, known as the “saree lady” due to a photo of her saree cake that went viral on social media, started baking Indian-themed cakes because she wanted to be different from other bakers.
“I have been baking for the past 20 years but because of my passion, I started doing it full-time in the last past two years,” she said.
Sundri said she was known for her sugee cakes.
“I have many regulars, whom I have known since they were teenagers and have grown up, got married and now have children. So I have made cakes for their birthdays and their weddings,” she said.
Her niece, Sanmathy Ravi, 18, has been helping her out by making henna patterns on Sundri’s cakes.
“I take half an hour to an hour to complete my henna designs on a cake,” said Sanmathy.
Also at the bazaar was the Star Media Group booth where visitors could buy a newspaper subscription and stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes.
The women’s specialty bazaar is curated by Caring Moms, a 63,000-strong Facebook group that provides a platform for mothers to buy and sell goods and services.
The bazaar ran concurrently with talks by eight women trailblazers, such as AirAsia X Bhd chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar, and a showcase by Hong Kong veteran artiste Maria Cordero.
AirAsia is the main sponsor of WOW – Women do Wonders.