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Ethnic crafts showcases city’s diversity at Walled City Market this weekend

27 March 2017

Shoppers attending the Walled City Market this Saturday, 01 April, in Guildhall Square are encouraged to visit the One World Shop stall selling its unique range of authentic ethnic crafts.

The Walled City Market is a monthly market organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council on the first Saturday of every month in Guildhall Square.

One of the stalls currently taking part in the Market is the One World Shop that is run by a group of locally based ethnic minority women from Russia, Japan and Mongolia, selling a wide range of Asian, African, Palestinian and Russian handmade crafts that are directly imported from those countries and many of them are exported through Fairtrade.

A range of handmade soaps and jewellery made by Russian women now living in Derry, are also available at the One World Shop.

The shop owners are delighted to be part of the Walled City Market and believe it’s a great way of representing and showcasing the diversity that exists in Derry~Londonderry and are keen for local people to come along visit their stall and support the work they are doing.

“Our products are authentic ethnic crafts and are rarely found in other shops in Derry. We are very happy to introduce cultures from other parts of the world through our products and we believe that being part of the Walled City Market provides small traders and crafters like us who cannot afford to rent premises or who are restricted to do business everyday due to other commitments, to showcase our produce. The market fees are very reasonable and with the support and guidance of the Council, we feel very confident doing business and promoting our products to the local market.”

The stall owner added that to date the women have greatly benefited from being part of the Walled City Market. “We have got a lot from being part of the market, not only have we benefited financially but it’s been great in terms of us meeting and talking with local people and allowing us to become familiar with the local community. When we run a stall at an event, we get a very happy feeling, we celebrate and enjoy it together and it makes us feel we are part of the community,” she added.

The ladies are very keen to continue with the market and are very positive about the future. In addition to promoting Fair Trade, the women are also keen to get involved in craft making workshops to share their talents and skills with others.

The One World Shop is one of a number of traders taking part in this month’s market that takes place from 10 am to 4pm this Saturday, 01 April at Guildhall Square.

Council are currently looking to establish a similar market in Strabane on the last Friday of every month and are keen to hear from traders who are interested in being part of it. The deadline for applications has been extended to the end of the month and those interested are urged to contact the Market Development Officer Nicolle Walters directly at [email protected].

For more information on the Walled City Market visit www.derrystrabane.com/walledcitymarket