This text is a translation from an article in jugmedia, the local online media : Source
PIROT – Association “Women of the south” with support of the Tourist organization, Youth office, Sports center, Hydropower Pirot and local government organized manifestation under the name “Women’s fair“.
More than 25 women from Pirot and Babušnica in the lobby of the Club of the Army presented their products and showed what they do and how they do it. All of that visitors could buy at affordable prices.
“Our goal is to show and introduce female creativity and initiative, but also the tradition of this region. This part of creativity is part of a cottage industry and hobby and our goal is to get these products to market and that women can earn money. At the fair, besides traditional Pirot rugs – bilic there were crocheted products, poentles, pottery, jewelry, various souvenirs, flowers, ethnic foods, cakes… says spokesperson of the Association “Women of the South” Biljana Marinkov.
“Our Caravan started on 6th of March, from Kurdistan, we are traveling through Europe and our Caravan ends in October in Portugal. We’ll visit more than 20 countries in Europe and we want to strengthen the links between them. We came from Sofia, today we are in Pirot, we go to Priština and then Belgrade. I’m glad that I’m here and that I saw part of women’s creativity of this area. Impressions are very positive“ – says the participant of this Caravan Clara Carbunar from France.
Assistant of the mayor of Pirot, for non-economic activities, Milica Golubović at the opening of the Fair said that the municipality supports such an event, recalling that Pirot joined municipalities and cities in Serbia that have signed the European Charter on gender equality.
“This is an opportunity for women of our community to show what they can make” – said Golubović.
Member of the Association of Women “Temštanke” from Temska near Pirot on their stand had numerous meals and desserts, such as imposing banice, stuffed peppers, pihtija made of beans, cabbage rolls…
“Our dishes are known around Serbia” – says Nataša Golubović.
Simlja Pujić is in the past 35 years engaged in carpet-making.
“I started with eight years. I have learned craft from grandmother and mother – I work at home and by order” – she says.
Translation by Nataljia