DOHA: Colourful tipi tents, unique greeting cards and artful trinkets were some of the products of skillful hands of artists and artisans which attracted visitors to the second Katara QatART Handmade Market yesterday at the Katara Art Studios courtyard.
QatART, a community of expatriates engaged in various types of arts and crafts, is now carving its own niche in the market for creating unique products which are all handmade.
All members of this recently established organisation create their own products from scratch here in Qatar not import and re-sell products, which sets them apart from other groups.
“At the moment we have 51 members from all around the world. We are all making handmade products from art, jewelry, home décor, homemade food, clothes and crafts,” QatART founder Dominika Bozic told The Peninsula.
QatART was established only in October last year to fill the need to set up a market for the products of creative minds and hands of its members.
“It’s a nice community because at the same time we are building friendships among members who hail from various parts of the world such as USA, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia,” she said.
The group has collaborated with Katara Art Studios which provide them with free space where they can organise the handmade market. The market is planned to be held monthly but with the onset of summer it will temporarily halt and return back by September or October.
“It is our main goal to organise our own market. We want this to be permanent and become a well known market in Qatar because so far there is no handmade market in Qatar. There are other bazaars which sell handmade products but are also importing them. The products that we have here are all handmade by us in Qatar,” she added.
Workshops are also held for the members to acquire and hone their skills in different aspects such as marketing their products. QatART is also active in social media in promoting the group’s activities.