Sunday, October 17, 2010

Beautiful Pottery work for sale by the students of Interior Design Dept. of Manipal University Dubai. (Photo by Ayesha Akbar Ali)
The appealing chocolate muffins, colourful pots, intricate tile work and much more were on offer at the Souq Carnival held on Day 6 of the ‘Week of Welcome’. Various universities and companies gathered to exhibit and sell their merchandise at the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) campus. Manipal University’s Department of Interior Design had a stall showcasing students’ handcrafted items. Pottery, tile work, paintings and other student projects were kept for sale. 

The Dept. of Interior Design Stall at Souq Carnival at DIAC (Photo by Ayesha Akbar Ali)

Many third year students specializing in Product Design and a few second year students joined together to display their pottery workshop articles for sale. All profits are for ‘Pehla Qadam’, a charity initiative by four Manipal University students from Interior Design, for the victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.

Lemonade, henna and delicious desserts like brownies, cakes and chocolate muffins were also for sale. There was a tremendous response by students, who bought the displayed items in the stall and the handmade food items. “Everyone (the final year Interior Design students) contributed for the bake sale, pottery, and for the posters. Everything was from our pockets. And all profits will be given for charity” said, Sumeira Saeed, a 3rd year ID student at Manipal University

Students gathering to look at the student merchandise for sale. (Photo by Ayesha Akbar Ali)
Sumeira was glad of the attention it gained during the Souq Carnival. People showed interest in promoting ‘Pehla Qadam’ through their universities. They were excited at the perfect chance of furthering their noble cause through the event.

The Souq Carnival also had other stalls and a DJ playing to keep the crowd entertained. 

Report by Ayesha Akbar Ali 

 Tile art by the Interior Design Students of Manipal university Dubai (Photo by Ayesha Akbar Ali)