Smt. Vyjayanthimala Bali inaugurated the exhibition today.The exhibition and sale will take place in all three galleries of C.P. Art Centre, 1, Eldams Road, Alwarpet, Chennai from March 7 to 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Around 50 women’s groups are participating this year. All proceeds from the sales go to the women and/or the women’s organizations, which include Women’s India Association (WIA), NAAM Foundation, Nandini Voice and others, apart from those supported by the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation .This is a worthy cause which encourages women to help themselves. All expenses are covered by C.P. Art Centre.
Since 1994, to celebrate International Women’s Day, C.P. Art Centre has been organizing annual exhibitions of art, craft, textiles and food items made by women and marketed by women entrepreneurs. This is the 26th year of Women’s Bazaar. The C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, through its various constituents, has been actively involved in women’s development. The Women’s Bazaar provides a platform for women to sell their products.
The Women’s Bazaar is an annual feature in the itinerary of C.P. Art Centre’s activities. From a mere trickle of half a dozen women entrepreneurs, today the number of women participating in the annual craft bazaar has increased exponentially.
The women belong to a variety of backgrounds: women from rural areas, from Chennai’s hutments, middle class women and economically disadvantaged women. They are self-employed, employ other women, market goods made by women and so on. The potential of the entrepreneur varies from pottery to pickle making to weaving and garment manufacturing. There are a variety of items, such as textiles, crafts, jewellery, food and health and organic products.