Women's entrepreneurship on display at Sankalp fair

Women’s entrepreneurship on display at Sankalp fair

Sandhya Venugopalan (centre) explains the intricacies of her terracotta jewelry collection at the Sankalp Crafts and Weaves lifestyle and fashion exhibition at Palghat Lions school, Palakkad, on Saturday. | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The entrepreneurial spirit of women is on display here at the Palghat Lions School. the 25 the The Sankalp Crafts and Weaves lifestyle exhibit, curated by Priya Menon, is drawing crowds. The quality that women entrepreneurs could infuse into their products is evident at the fair, which ends on Sunday.

Women from different parts of the State have gathered in the school auditorium with their unique products. From clothing, furniture, and jewelry to organic health care products, houseplants, homemade foods, and innovative hobbies, the Sankalp exhibit raised the bar when it reopened after a three-year lapse.

“It is a lifestyle and fashion exhibition whose sole objective is to empower women and promote entrepreneurship among them,” said Ms. Menon. Shafi Parambil, MLA, opened the show.

“Look at this sheet. At 350 thread count, it provides such softness and quality that can hardly be found in products available in stores,” said Krishna Satya, explaining how carefully he chose his items. Bed sheets with embroidery and lace and different types of towels, including bamboo towels, are in Mrs. Satya’s collection.

Geetha Prakash of Subaangi boutique has a wide range of furnishings, including cushion covers, tea towels and aprons. There are several stalls displaying various bags made of cloth, jute, and canvas.

The difference in quality in handmade jewelry and its store-bought counterparts comes through at the fair. Sandhya Venugopalan’s collection of terracotta jewelry called Mrinmayi is attractive. This is the collection of Reeja Mohan and Preethi Santhosh under the Sapphire brand. “We also make shells of different sizes,” said Ms. Reeja.

Event Decors by Mini Joy has a curious collection of pots and ceramic tableware for interiors. Kozhikode Punnya Soy Wax Scented Candles are clearly superior to paraffin wax scented candles.

Many visitors not so familiar with houseplants were curious to explore some air-purifying plants at the Prakruti stall. Low-maintenance zz houseplants, miniature palm trees, lucky bamboos, and various snake plants are a nice draw.

One has to explore the food stalls right at the entrance of the exhibition. From snacks to biriyani, the food stalls have plenty to satisfy a foodie.

“Sankalp has been championing the cause of empowering women by fostering entrepreneurship among them since 2010. We have provided women and other traditional artisans with a sales platform that not only gives them direct access to customers, but also helps to increase their self-confidence as entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Menon.

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