A Melting Pot of Civilisations:
Pakistan have a range of arts and crafts to its pallet, from folk arts to regional intricate wood works. This region is a melting pot of people from diverse ethnic back grounds who settled in this region,which moved here at different parts of the human history and when they migrated to this fertile and naturally rich land, they also brought many creative arts and crafts skills to their new home in Subcontinent.
Earliest Civilisations Mohenjodaro and Harrapa :
We were also the bed of earliest civilisations of this world, so it comes natural to people here to carve, create and innovate.
Natural Resources Rich Land :
Rosewood ( Sheesham) furniture from Chiniot is world known for its intricate craftsmanship , from Kashikari of Multani blue pottery to PaperMachie from Kashmir, Pakistan is blessed with lots of natural treasures marble,Our northern areas are stacked with treasures like Emerald, Ruby if you just name a few, and then there is Marble, salt mines, serve as a resource for creativity.
Mughal era was very supportive and encouraging for artisans, craftsmen. Royals used to invite artisans to their precious projects from around the world.
Historical buildings in this region are clear evidence of Mughals special appreciation to their artisans, after hundreds of years, their work still shines through the splendour of Badshahi Mosque , Jhangir’s Tomb, Lahore Fort, and a lots of other historical buildings in and around Pakistan which display a very rich architectural and design workmanship and still serve as an inspiration for our contemporary designers in textiles to art and architectural fields.
Do we realise Furniture, Arts and Crafts as Design industry yet ?
With rich natural resources and many unique heritage of artisans as our treasure , we still don’t seem to have a worldwide image of a design producer country , We do not even have one value added product, which rest of the world should only come to us, or a unique identity which should give us recognition for our design and craftsmanship instead of just “importers of the most expensive items ” which starves our artisans and discourages our local producers.