LAHORE - A three-day arts and crafts exhibition organised by Daachi Foundation concluded at Qasr-e-Noor Community Centre on Monday.

The exhibition had 160 stalls selling arts and crafts produced by craftsmen from all over Pakistan.

These include handicrafts, artifacts, textiles, jewellery, furniture, paintings, books, carpets, black pottery, organic food, decorative motifs, bags, Hunza shawls, ethnic jewellery, crafts from Gilgit, Hyderabadi bangles, Phulkari from Haripur, mosaics, bracelets, lotion bars, benchmark furniture’s, camel skin lamps, truck art goods and many more items.

Ayesha Noorani, an architect and founder of Daachi Foundation said, “As always we do select a theme for each event to highlight different dimensions of crafts and its applications. This year we are exploring craft associated with the built structure such as fresco, Kashikari, tile work and many more. Daachi Foundation aims to promote artworks of craftsmen from all over Pakistan. With the passage of time culture activities is reviving which is a step forward to success of the country,” Ayesha said.

Malik Abdul Rehman, who was selling camel skin lamps designed by Naqsh Art, said that camel skin lamps made in Multan are renowned worldwide for the intricate handwork done on them by skilled artisans. The art of decorating a camel's skin is known as Naqashi in the local language and is a very valuable skill. Different paintings made on the camel skin that is fixed atop the lamps represent the local culture. He recalls his grandfather, Ustad Abdullah Naqash, made first camel skin lamp in 1910 and clay man Ustad Hayat Muhammad made first mould of the lamp that gave a new life and spirit to the camel skin art as well as Naqashi.

Artist Rida Mahmood said: “Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. It is an ancient Egyptian technique recently introduced in Pakistan. You can get your portraits burnt on wood, replicas can also be burnt.”  Muhammad Ijaz Ullah was of the view, “We belong to Rawalpindi and I have learnt this unique technique of truck art from my father. The clientele of Daachi is selected and they wait six months to buy these products. The best thing about this exhibition is that we earn a huge amount in these three days.”

Ghulam Muhammad, who has been making clay pots for the last twenty years, said the art of pottery is dying but “we are trying our level best to keep it alive. Survival of traditional pottery will be difficult without the government’s support. There should be more events like Daachi exhibition so that our young generation must know about it.”