Narrating Craft Through Portraits

Pakistan is home to a host of various ethnicities, each of which specializes in a host of crafts. Today, the Fynch will take you exploring all of these, but mildly differently. We will give you this little tour of Pakistani art and craft through portraits! These were shot a while back, at the Annual Lok Mela in Islamabad.

Hazara

Adapting to the extreme winter of Quetta, the Hazara community is now known for being fedt at knitting cute stuff. a dress with their traditional embroidery, as well as they’re caps are super cute.
P.S: They even asked us to have chaye with them!! Nothing but lots of love for them ^.^

Sindhi

Chora is a traditional weaving style, from the South-Eastern province of the country. And well, Hyderabadi choorian have the ability to make any girl or woman fall in love at first glance. Handpaited, unique, and absolutely beautiful, nowhere else in the country can one find bangles like these.

Punjabi

Punjab has been home to weaving since umm, it’s hard to say, but practically forever? The region is fertile, and the cotton grown was grown, and large amounts of it were converted into thread and cloth. There is a reason “Cheechawatni ke khes” are so famous! The province is also known for being the home for light beautifully knotted throws, for summer, as per the climate of the region!

Balochi

From making chappals, which actually look a lot like Peshawari chappals, to extremely deft woodwork, to beautiful embroidery, which is often common to both male and female clothing, with the patterns being unique to every tribe, is there anything these amazing people can’t do?

Pakhtun:

We couldn’t help capturing two images of performers, KPK should be known for its dances before anything else! The embroidery in the province, varies sometimes slightly, and sometimes drastically from region to region. Usually, it is restricted to women’s dresses, but in times of celebration, well, a little bling doesn’t hurt anyone now, does it?

Hazarewal Pakhtuns

The Hindkowan community of the country lives in KPK, and forms a small minority of around 4 – 5%.

They live in the region of Abottabad to Peshawar, a few of them even live in places at the cusp of the province and erstwhile FATA in places like Kohat.

Their handiwork, is known recognized from it’s distinct appearance, in both pastel and bright colours, with usually distinct, thick, black outlines, their work showcases perfect geometric patterns nearly all the time.

The patterns are usually based on flowers, and straight lines.

Northern Pakistan:

Woodwork, stonework, metalwork: guess who takes the trophy? Yep, you guessed right, it’s the people from Gilgit Balistian. Since they have been cut off from us during harsh winters recently, it explains why they’re suc good craftsmen! Then we move on too headcare for men. The Pakol comes in a variety of colours like brown, black, grey and white. It’s woolen, handmade, and rolls up from the sides to the top to form a thick band which rests on the head like a beret. The feathers are added for bling, tradition, and communities in various regions of the North have their own pick for feathers!

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