Islamabad - Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad organised a handicraft exhibition Saturday with a view to showcase the rich and traditional culture and heritage of Bangladesh to the local elite.

High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan inaugurated the one-day exhibition. He welcomed the guests and said that the event would give the viewers a snapshot of the folk culture of Bangladesh.

The High Commissioner added that the handicraft of Bangladeshis is characterized by imaginative designs and skills of the craftsperson. The handicraft items made from muslin, fine silk, ivory, nakshikatha are valued for their cultural expression, artistic beauty and environment friendliness. The commissioner also informed that UNESCO had recognized Jamdani and Shital Pati as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

The venue was decorated with banners, mannequins in sarees and colourful kulas, talpakhas, uttorios, colourful earthen bowls, and easels/frames.

Besides, home decoration items made from wood, pottery, metal and bamboo were also put on display. The items included nakshikantha, jamdanisaree, embroidered articles of silk and cotton, shika, hand-bag, terracotta, metal boat, cart, jewelry box, ektara- the rural musical instrument and some other artistic itemsof traditional nature. The guests and visitors showed keen interest in the exhibited handicraft which reflected the rich, unique tradition of Bangladesh’s soil, people and distinctive culture.

A number of ambassadors, high commissioners, civil and military officials, local dignitaries, defence advisors and officials of Bangladesh High Commission visited the exhibition with their families.

Later, the guests were treated with a selection of traditional Bengali delicacies for lunch, including pulao, beef curry, mutton korma, fried fish, vegetables and Rasgolla, Payesh, Pitha and yogurt. They were also entertained with live instrumental recital of tunes of famous folk songs of Bangladesh.

The guests expressed deep appreciation at the initiative of the High Commission in organising an event that projected a beautiful image of Bangladesh.