Farkhanda Jabeen talking to TNN correspondent. – Photo by Nabi Jan Orakzai

PESHAWAR, 7 August: Farkhanda Jabeen, a resident of Gulbahar area of Peshawar, is an expert in making artificial jewellery from brass wire, embroidery and tailoring. The 45-year-old widow is associated with this profession for the last 15 years.

Farkhanda says she has seen very hard times in her life and she adopted this profession after death of her husband to make ends meet.

“I don’t know from where I should start my story. Right from childhood to adulthood and now in this age I have faced very hard times. My responsibilities increased after the death of my husband. I started tailoring, embroidery and other works on women garments and slowly and gradually excelled in this art,” she told TNN.

Although, there are few colleges and universities in the region which provide education about fine arts and manufacturing of handicrafts, but Farkhanda says she has learned everything by herself without the help of any teacher. She is also imparting training to many girls to enable them to earn their livelihood with dignity.

“I can make any fashion and decoration material with my hands. I can make any kind of clothes and artificial jewellery. Even I did not throw my falling hair and utilised them for making decoration pieces,” she said.

Farkhanda has put decoration pieces on display in a room of her house. She says she is making hard efforts but rewards are not proportionate to her work. She said she is hoping to get some government assistance to promote her business.

“There are only one percent people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who have understanding of good handicrafts. Mostly people remain unaware about our work. The government should help us in promoting our handicrafts and inform us about exhibitions where we could put our products on display,” she said.

Farkhanda is a source of inspiration for those women who have lost courage and depend on others in their life.