Aware and delight yourself with the most absorbing specialties of our country — the captivating and alluring handicrafts. The stupendous artisanship is overwhelmingly renowned as the cultural recognition of Pakistan. The tradition of creating handicrafts is thousand-year old. It is considered as a Pakistani custom that is noticed since ancient times of Harappa, Mohen Jo Daro and Indus Valley civilizations. Pakistani handicrafts are specifically popular for its enthralling embellishment, magnetizing hues and attractive textures. Strikingly, the making of handicrafts is ethnic as different areas of Pakistan own their individual heritage and their style is abstract in its particular manner. Artisans in our country have done wonders in this field. They are genius in this skill whether it includes weaving, designing, embroidery or printing. These artisans are taken as masters.
Areas Where Such Creativity Dwells
Traditional ornamental goods ornamental items have remarkably stayed as phenomenal component of Northern Pakistan.
Wooden pottery specifically carves and bowls which are entirely handmade are distinctive sectors of Hunza’s heritage. An eye-opening view for all the art lovers is the one in which Hunza handicrafts include traditional caps, purses and doorbells. In fact, women artisans have splendidly worked on embroidered purses and bags that largely reflect their hard work and exceptional talent.
Sargodha owns a small town named Sillanwali which is highly famous for woodwork handicrafts. These refined and elegant pieces are massively exported to various provinces, cities and even countries. They are beautifully made by hands and liked by trillions. There’s a simple yet appealing hand-woven utensil which is extremely popular in rural as well as urban areas particularly of Punjab and Sindh. The utensil is called Chaba and its purpose is to place chapatti (bread) in it.
The city is known for its exotic handicrafts inspiringly made of camel bones. Basically, camel bones are taken as long-lasting material preferably for creating awesome articles and handicrafts for decoration. Multiple clay pots have been glaringly decorated with fantabulous mirror work in Southern Punjab as well as Multan. It’s impossible to defy the fantastic beauty of handmade patchwork in Sindh. The oriental rugs and knotted carpets in Pakistan are largely magnificent and popular in its own fashion. Sindhi people are in love with their traditional and fanciful handmade door chimes and buckets.
Admirable Art of Pakistani Culture
Let’s treat ourselves by knowing about a few traditional and superb items made by the highly talented artisans. The creations will serve you as an eye opener and it’s something worth being aware of.
The majorly known word for Matka is earthen pot. This pot is used not only in Pakistan but also India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It serves as water storage cooler at homes. It’s conveniently seen in every other house regardless of the class and it’s been utilized since the ancient times.
It’s the traditional footwear worn chiefly among Pashtoons of KPK (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). That’s why it is named Peshawari chappal as the name Peshawari is linked with city Peshawar. This makes peshawari chappal unique and is mostly worn by Pashtoon men occasionally and casually with shilwar kurta or kameez. For these people, the item is more like a slipper or sandal because of its comfort.
The name itself is non typical and so is the type of it. It’s the astonishing patchwork quilt created particularly in rural locations of Baluchistan and Sindh. Marvelously, it is consumed as a blanket, carpet or bedspread. The size of the alluring handicraft varies but standard size is 66 by 88 inches. The most adorable part is that Sindhi people exchange Rilli in the form of traditional gift.
These lamps are extraordinary in appearance as they are made of camel skin and it’s the most attractive handicraft in city Multan. This entrancing item is made in a certain manner; the camel’s skin is first washed, cleaned and shaped they way its desired. After giving the right shape, the lamp is painted with sparkling colors. The painting on the lamp mostly represents Multani culture and this is the reason it’s used as a decorative item.
Blue pottery or Kashi is an antique pottery style. This form of art is greatly unique due to which it’s preserved with dedication. The oriental style of multani pottery is considered ethnic as its centuries old. Every pottery piece is hand painted and handcrafted individually before providing heat treatment of about 250 degree Celsius. Most noteworthy point is that each piece will not lose its real color and the condition will stay as fresh as new for decades.
Wood, Onyx and Brass Crafts:
Handicrafts that are manifested through onyx, wood and Brass are meant to maintain the prideful tradition of Pakistani handicrafts since 1994. The outstanding glamour lies in the hands of our gifted craftsmen who wondrously know how to carve on wood and metal items. These dainty items get manufactured in villages by the diligent craftsmen. They are very easily purchased in large cities. Crafts like that include mirror frames, mental lanterns and many other decoration pieces.
Sindhi topi or cap is predominantly worn by people of Sindh. The Saraiki and Baloch people also wear it. Accompanied with ajrak, Sindhi topi is referred as an important part of the Sindhi culture. It is also taken as a sign of Sindhi nationalism. The cap is cylindrical but has a small portion trimmed to have the forehead exposed. Intricate embroidered designs are made on the cap and small mirror pieces can be also sewed into the hat sometimes.
It’s the name exceptionally to outlandish block print on tiles and shawls found in province Sindh of Pakistan. Ajraks are widely worn by Saraiki people of Kutch and Southern Punjab. These well refined shawls portray special patterns and designs. Ajrak is made of common and a non common splashy color which makes it outshine everything else in the market. With the passage of time, ajrak has become the symbol of Sindhi traditions and culture.
Courtesy: House of Pakistan >> http://www.houseofpakistan.com/handicrafts-of-pakistan-a-pour-over-of-the-famous-artistry/