FAIZAN JAVED
LAHORE

It is rare to see all the heritage items at one place. I was not just fascinated by the items on sale but also the beautiful venue of Tollinton Heritage Museum. The event is a treat not to be missed.
Muhammad Awais, student of Mass Communication of Lahore Garrison University, stated this after seeing the exhibition of arts and crafts yesterday at the Tollinton Heritage Museum on Mall Road. Pakistan’s fascinating range of arts and crafts were showcased which provided people opportunity to examine and explore their stories and history from all corners of the country. The three-day event, which will conclude today, has been organized by Daachi Foundation - a non-Government organization that promotes the rich culture, arts and crafts of Pakistan. Artisans from all over Pakistan are showcasing their handicrafts.
According to the organizers the event was ticketed to attract serious buyers only. More than 500 participants from around the country have showcased different arts and crafts. Handicrafts, artifacts, textiles, carpets, decorative bed sheets, bags, classical furniture, old and rare books, paintings, jewelry, precious and semi precious stones and gems, branded clothes were on display for sale at 60 stalls in the historical Tollinton building.
Daachi Foundation’s long term plans are to setup an Artisan Village at Raiwind, which would be spread over three and half acres of land.
Daachi foundation convener Momina Khiyal said the organization’s primary objective was to revive, resuscitate and rehabilitate both tangible and intangible aspects of our indigenous culture. “Members have gone from strength to strength in providing interesting venues and artistic display of arts and crafts for the last five years. The aim of this exhibition is to promote and sustain arts and crafts of Pakistan. “
“A large percentage of the rural population lives below the poverty line so any attempt to preserve the craft has to directly address issues of income generation. Our new project is the architectural design of the village, which is already done, and it has space to accommodate craftsmen to improve their skills and crafts in order to provide qualitative and marketable products. “Artisan village will provide housing and workspace to craftsmen for the production, exhibition, sale of crafts and public appreciation,” Momina explained.