Islamabad - Eid Families Mela organised by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) is in full swing here at Shakarparian. Though the festival features various activities like art and craft bazaar, artisan stalls, garments and Hina stalls, yet the major attraction remains the demonstration of work by a group of women bangle makers specially invited by Lok Virsa for festival from Hyderabad, Sindh.

They are Rubina, Irfana and Quratulain accompanied by facilitator Jibran. These creative women are beautifully embellishing glass bangles with the help of different tools specially made for the purpose. They use this profession as a source of their livelihood and contribute to alleviate poverty among women of their community.

Bangles are a special traditional ornament worn by women. It is a common jewellery item worn by almost all females of all ages on special occasions like Eid, wedding and other festivals. Bangles were also in use in ancient times as bangles made from shell, copper, bronze, gold etc, have been excavated from multiple archaeological sites. These days various types of bangles are available in the market, in different colours, designs and shapes, and made from different materials. Young girls like glass bangles coated with glitter and with ghungroo hanging to them the most.

Bangles are an essential element of our culture and tradition. They enhance the elegance of every young girl; a wrist adorned with bangles has a charm of its own. A gift of bangles conveys the message of love and compassion. Whatever the value or tradition, bangles are a passion with most females and they let no opportunity to adorn their arms with bangles in matching colours on every occasion.

The Eid Mela will continue with all its festivities till Chand Raat daily from 5.00 to 11.00 p.m. The women bangle makers are here till July 15, 2015 thereafter they will leave for their hometowns to celebrate Eid.