What are some good things about Pakistan that everybody should know?

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Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 134 views

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  1. Brace yourselves. Pictures are coming.

    Pakistan is home to one of the world’s earliest neolithic sites Mehrgarh, a predecessor to the bronze age, i.e. Indus Valley Civilization.

    Early farming village in Mehrgarh, c. 7000 BC, with houses built with mud bricks.

    The five rivers and rich alluvial Punjab Plains resulted in a continuous, uninterrupted chain of civilization, resulting in modern day Pakistan – with some historians suggesting the present day city of Lahore may be well over 4000 years old.

    Which means the country is blessed with an amazingly rich cultural heritage. What’s even more amazing is how as arts and crafts developed, some of it is still being practiced in the ancient ways in certain parts of the country.

    Some great things about Pakistan are its traditional arts and crafts.

    It is claimed the bust of a “priest-king” excavated at one of the Indus Valley sites “shows him draped over one shoulder in a piece of cloth that resembles an Ajrak”

    Ancient Indus Priest King (side) Mohenjo-daro.

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    1) Ajrak (block print shawls)
    is a name given to a unique form of blockprinted shawls and tiles found in Sindh, Pakistan. These shawls display special designs and patterns made using block printing by stamps. Common colours used while making these patterns include red, black, blue, yellow and green.
    The level of geometry on the garment comes from the usage of a method of printing called woodblock printing in which prints were transferred from geometric shapes etched on the wooden blocks by pressing them hard on the fabric. – Ajrak

    From what I know of the Ajrak making process, originally colours were limited as they were limited to using colours available in nature. The process is highly labour intensive and still carried out using the old techniques to date.
    2) Block printing is also used in non-ajrak lay-outs across Pakistan.
    A Rilli is a traditional Pakistani patchwork quilt made in the rural areas of Sindh and Balochistan. It is used as a bedspread, blanket, or carpet.
    4) Khes (Woven quilts)

    Khes

    Khes is a traditional cloth hand-made through weaving, binding and mixing of patterns, on traditional pit looms, and forms an important cottage industry through the Sindh province.
    The art of making khes first evolved centuries ago when this heavy, durable and intricate cloth was used as blankets; it later became an important export item during the Mughal period.
    Khes is traditionally made in cotton, silk or a mixture of contrasting threads of both to produce a striking and unique type of cloth, perfect for use in home items and accessories.
    Again an important age old cottage industry, it’s a beautiful craft that employs thread, mirrors and skill. I couldn’t find many details on it, but this is again an indigenous Pakistani art.

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    6) Khussas (handmade leather shoes)
    Khussa are often referred to as Indian shoes, but they are made in India, Pakistan, and China. Pakistan is widely recognized as providing the best quality handmade khussa shoes. Leather is cleaned with a process using salt; Pakistan has huge supplies of salt and uses it liberally. Salt is very expensive in India and is used sparingly to clean leather. Pakistan is also world-renowned for their quality hand stitching (many high end shoes are made in Pakistan, as are sports balls, including the world’s best soccer balls). Stitching techniques are passed down through families for many generations. Chinese khussa are normally very low quality and cheaply made
    7) Chinyoti wooden carvings

    “In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Chiniot is world famous for its exoticly carved and brightly lacquered furniture. Chinioti craftsmen and artisans have for centuries carved flowers and geometric pattrens onto cellulose fibres. Masons from Chiniot are thought to have been employed during the construction of Taj Mahal and Golden Temple,[9] both now in India. – Chiniot Furniture

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    8) Kaashi (Blue pottery)
    Kashi is traditional antique fine art pottery style and a
    unique art form being preserved with great dedication. This ethnic
    oriental fine art pottery style (also considered a part of Islamic pottery
    tradition) is centuries old and is particular to a certain region (Multan)
    in South Asia
    The blue ceramic has also been used in architecture across the city of Multan (home to shrines of sufi saints) and looks stunning against red-brick structures.
    In the same league would be pottery from Hala, Sindh, known as Kashikari

    pottery at hala

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    9) Brass, marble and onyx handicrafts

    Onyx Stone Home Decor Products – onyx birdbath anyone?

    Pakistan contains major deposits marble, granite and onyx in wide range of colors, shades and patterns.

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    10) Leather goods, gems and semi precious stones, hand-woven carpets, hand stitched footballs, camel skin craft, cane/reed furniture, ivory/horn & bone jewellery and handicrafts, metal-stone-shell crafts, papier-mache etc.

    Ok I cheated on no. 10, but that’s because I couldn’t pick one, and Jassim Ali had already done Truck Art.

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