10 Hidden traditions Behind Pakistani Handicrafts
When it comes to handicrafts, Pakistan comes in the top of the list. Handicrafts are unrivaled motley whose history dates back to ancient civilizations of Harrapa, Mohen Jo Daro and Indus Valley. These artifacts are individualistic and unique because of their design patterns, variegated colors and detailing of every crafted piece. They are region and culture specific in their designs. Though rural population is unaware of level of mechanization and modernization that has polluted urban surroundings, fashion industry and youth organizations are bringing on front various handiworks and the artisans who are perpetuating their craftsmanship in the particular field. These traditional emblems are often seen to embellish drawing-rooms of the houses in Pakistan. They send a vibe of antiquity with a mix of wonder to the onlooker. Craftsmanship at its best is depicted in these finely cut elegant pieces of art. From cross-stitching to weaving and wood carving to pottery, rural people of Pakistan still add their sweat and blood to keep the thousand years old heritage alive. There are different kinds of handi works that are molded and crafted by people around the country and they vary from region to region.
- Ceramics and Pottery:
Vases and pottery are adorned with floral designs with blue paint in Multan. They are really popular among the natives. In pottery, money-banks (Ghalas) and beautifully molded little pots are famous among the children.
Chiniot and various other places of Kashmir specialize in Wood-carving. Out of woods are carved delicate floral designs to decorate the furniture uniquely.
It’s a technique of embroidery work with silk on cotton cloth. It is famous in province of Sindh.
- Mirror work:
Mirror work is seen in the traditional dress designs of the country. Whether it is Sindhi topi or Balochi attire, mirror-work forms the base work of them all. Embroidered bags, purses, cushions etc have it as trademark of tradition and culture.
Khyber Pakhtun Kha’s artisans also have mastery in marble carving and onyx-stone artifacts that are equally valued around the country.
In northern hilly areas, craftsmanship in cane work can be seen as canes are employed in weaving baskets and making wall-hangings etc.
Multan and Bahawalpur master in the art of cross-sticting. Khyber Pukhtun Kha stands in the limelight for its Tila work, “Salma sitara”, Pearl work, “Kadhai” etc.
Exquisitely carved designs on brass utensils, vases etc. are reminiscent of Mughal empire which once ruled the land. It is basically done in KPK. Peshawar’s “Misgaran Bazar” is renowned for selling of brass-wares.
- Silver ware:
Perfectly designed silver utensils are other specialized antiques of the country. Yet they are a bit expensive for people to buy.
- Ivory carvings:
In Sindh, ivory figurines are carved exquisitely. Camel-bone is also used now-a-days to carve explicit delicacies, designs and figurines.
Article by Samina AfzalShare