ISLAMABAD - Lok Virsa, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage has documented the ancient traditions through creating a three-dimensional cultural display on “Qehwa Khana” at the National Heritage Museum.

The diorama depicts and portrays the ancient tradition of green tea house “Qehwa Khana” in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province at Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology.

“Since centuries, many tribes migrating from Central Asia have settled in Afghanistan and Khyber Pakthunkhwa province of Pakistan with their own culture and traditions, among which use of green tea is very common to digest food,” said Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid, who has been greatly instrumental in creating the first state museum of living traditions in Pakistan.

The Chief of Lok Virsa maintained Qehwa Khanas have become a part of culture of KP.

In olden days, merchants and traders coming from Central Asia, China bringing with them silk and spices, used to gather in Qehwa Khanas in Peshawar, narrating stories about their journeys while hot and aromatic Qehwa was served to wash down the greasy food. The ground level is meant for males while the upper portion locally called “Bala Khana” is built for females.”

The portion of the museum displaying the tradition of Qehwa Khana is serving as an attraction for both local and foreign visitors.

The visitors appreciate the efforts of Lok Virsa in making aware the younger generation about the indigenous folk culture and traditions of the country through creating various corners that capture the traditions of almost every part of the country.