Web posted at: 11/25/2007 4:18:42 Source ::: The Peninsula
Precious stone jewels, exquisitely woven bags and boxes, decorative hard camels, camel-shaped cushions, Christmas stockings in patchwork designs, dolls and doll houses, the Duhail campus of College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) wore a festive mood yesterday morning.
The exciting annual event was hosted by CNA-Q as part of its yearly fund raising for local charity. Building No. 3 of the campus became home to local craftspeople who offered exciting and different gifts for sale. The handcrafted items and unique gifts on sale also included cards, heritage lace, chocolates, knitted and quilted items.
The four-hour shopping spree at the campus witnessed a brisk business. The pearls to painting stuff sold like hotcake at some stalls. There were many takers for fabrics, hand-made chic ethnic jewels and fancy gifts.
The nearly 60 tables put up at the exhibition venue offered a cornucopia of crafts, ranging from Indonesia to Tanzania. The visitors, mainly western expatriates, were seen moving around curiously along with their family and friends.
"I am really excited by the overwhelming response this time. Compared to last year, I got more visitors today", said Hellenesia, an Indonesian housewife, who is a regular exhibitor at American Bazaar.
She has a wonderful collection of Christmas goodies, crystals, precious stones and pendants.
Amik, another Indonesian woman was at the bazaar, with her collection of wood carvings, paintings and hand made jewels." I am seeing the bazaars as an opportunity for cultural exchange. Many people do not know much about my motherland. I hope I can use bazaars as opportunities to familiarise them with my country", she said.
Pot-pourri, wooden boxes, scented candles, hand painted rocks and hand made crystals were the products displayed by Swasan Mazboudi, a Lebanese expatriate.
" I have no commercial interests. I simply love to see people curiously watching my products and enjoy when they buy it", Swasan, a former creative director with a leading advertisement company said.
The stock-up on supplies from housewives and retailers also included home-made Scottish toffee, face cloths, neck warmers, place mats, tale runner, natural soap stones, gems, hand-painted Indian raw silks, fashion beads, unique photo albums with archival materials embellished with stickers.
Mary Anne Skill, one of the organisers and a Graphic Designer with CNA-Q said this is the third time the varsity is hosting the annual charity bazaar. "Last time, we had 48 exhibitors. Now, it has gone up to 56. The response from visitors is also huge this time", Anne Skill said.