A fresh beginning to continue making a difference in people's lives is the catch-line of the Amman-based Jordan River Foundation (JRF) of which Queen Rania Al Abdullah is the chairperson. The non-profit NGO's aim is to empower society, especially women and children, ...

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Thu 8 Apr 2004, 10:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

and to improve the quality of life for all Jordanians. And it was with this mission that the Jordanian queen, who is so much in the news for her social activities, came down to inaugurate The Artistic Hands exhibition cum sale of exclusive Jordanian handicrafts at the Dubai Ladie's Club Art and Talent Centre yesterday.

After inaugurating the exhibition, Queen Rania went around the Dubai Ladies Club facilities. The exhibition runs from 10am to 9pm until Friday. On sale are hand-embroidered wall hangings in silk, Bani Hamida rugs and intricately carved Wadi Al Rayan baskets and trays made out of banana leaves. There are richly crafted home furnishings and accessories, gift and fashion items, bedspreads, appliqué, tablecloths and hand-woven carpets. Of interest is a wall hanging entitled 1001 Arabian Nights with hand-embroidered scenes. This large piece took five months to produce and costs Dh13, 200. The table lamps, trays made of banana leaves and other decoration pieces cost less than Dh100.

"The exhibition aims at breaking down the geographical barriers and to bring forth the creativity of the various traditions in the region. We encourage artisans, especially women, from the Rural Community Cluster Development Programme to come forward with their creations. The money raised from the expo will go for the various JRF causes," said Khadija Bitar, communications and PR Coordinator of JRF who is in Dubai for the show.

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