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KTAA Promoting the diversity of textiles .

In an another attempt of promoting the Vision of KTAA ‘Promoting the diversity of textiles and fiber arts through a series of traditional and innovative programs and events’, Kuwait Textile Arts Association under the auspices of Beit Al Sadu, presented its second program on 20th of October  for  the year 2015-2016 , President Donna Shaya welcomed the members and guests.

Presenter,Salma Asima Khalid presented her country’s rich textile heritage in a presentation titled, ‘A Flower of Every Meadow of Pakistan: Textile Arts for every Occasion’

Excerpts from the presentation:

Pakistan , a relatively new country, belongs to the region, commonly known as Indian sub-continent, remains culturally and artistically linked to the rest of the region. Every region of Pakistan, has some unique embroidery patterns/techniques linked to it, most of these are in some manner linked to other regions and even neighboring countries. Areas comprising Pakistan have a unique history regarding origin of textiles and links to it, origin of embroidery work to decorate and personalize the garments etc.. In this region ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro are located, these cities / states, which date back to 3000-1500BC, are credited with using cotton to produce fiber and subsequently cloth. Mughal dynasty, who ruled substantial part of India and current areas of Pakistan, were known as patrons of literature, arts and crafts etc. They were fond of brightly colored textiles; they introduced workshops where new experiments were done with textiles and the embroideries. Their influence remains to this day. Briefly, each region can be identified with some unique embroidery and textile techniques as discussed below.

Sindh: Sheesha (mirror) embroidery work has strong influence in this area, also known for ‘Aari’ work and herringbone stitch work. Traditions/influence carried forward from ancient civilization is found in Ajrak, an ancient block printing technique, perfected over time. Women in this area also make colorful ralli quilts.

Bhawalpur: Crafts of colorful ‘bandini’ (tie and dye), the silver and gold thread work of ‘kamdani’ and fine work of ‘chikankari’, are what this region is known for.

Punjab: Most populous region of Pakistan, its dresses are an indication of the bright and vibrant culture and lifestyle of the people. Costumes are a mix of colours, comfort and beauty and Punjab is well known for the use of ‘phulkari’ (embroidery) in its costumes.

Balochistan: Its embroidery work is unique in the sense that they use 118 stitches in their embroidery work, which continues to add uniqueness to dresses of women and waistcoats worn by males.

Kalash Valley: This is also known as the valley of 12 villages. Its residents are commonly believed as descendants of Alexandar the Great’s army. Here ladies wear long black woolen robes with colorful embroideries, along with necklaces of colorful beads and embroidered head gear.

Kashmir: Known for its ‘Aari’ (chain stitch) work done in silk and wool. Its shawls are much sought after for their bright colours and neat work.

The thoroughly informative power point presentation and the display of old and rare samples turned the evening to another memorable evening in the calendar of events of KTAA.The event was attended by members and guests and covered by ktv2 – Kuwait’s official state-run television station,

Shyamala Rao

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