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Islamabad

April 23, 2011

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A tribute to the traditions of Chitral

A tribute to the traditions of Chitral

Islamabad
Imagine carrying a handbag, which, in addition to serving its original purpose, also acts as a storyboard. Opening at Tanzara Art Gallery today (Friday) is an exhibition of a chic and sophisticated collection of handbags that are fashion-forward, bespeak high standards of quality, and above all, narrate stories about the time-honoured traditions and culture of a tolerant people.
The bags are available under the label Krizmah , which, in the khowar language of Chitral, is a description of the plant wild iris. The creative venture is a collaborative arrangement between graphic designers, Zainab Ulmulk (a member of the ancient Katur dynasty of Chitral), Nadia Malik and Chitrali women artisans, all of who have pooled their artistic sensibilities and skill to design and manufacture haute couture hand bags for global followers of fashion.
Artisans in the valleys of Chitral have been creating hand-woven works of art to celebrate the rich culture and mythology of their ancient kingdom from times immemorial. These colourfully embroidered illustrations have reflected the vivacity and inherent optimism of these mountain artisans, inspiring designers from around the world. Krizmah represents a fusion of contemporary designs incorporating all the cultural and traditional riches of Chitral. Each bag is completely hand-stitched by artisans, reflecting their hopes and aspirations while echoing their proud heritage. The exhibition will not only enable them to share their special skills with the world but also help them to secure a better quality of life for their families.
Chitral is a magical valley in the foothills of the Hindukush mountains. It is inhabited by a generous and tolerant people who embrace their simple existence with an innocent happiness expressed in time-honoured traditions of creative art, music and dance.
The two-day exhibition opened Friday at the Tanzara Art Gallery (House no. 14, Street 12, F-7/2).

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