ISLAMABAD - The rich arts and handicraft traditions emanated from the Japanese art culture would be introduced in Islamabad in an exhibition being launched at National Art Gallery, said Yo Fukazawa, Dir Cultural Wing, Japanese Embassy, here on Tuesday. He was addressing a press conference to elaborate on the exhibition, "Japanese Handcrafted Forms: Traditions and Techniques," to be organised jointly by Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan, National Art Gallery, Pakistan Japan Cultural Association and MEXT Alumni Association of Pakistan (MAAP), on November 27. Shedding light on the background of the traditional handicrafts of Japan, the Director said that owing to the rapid industrial revolution across the globe, Japan witnessed unprecedented modernisation in production and industry in Meiji era that lasted from 1868 to 1912. "Through the production of machines, most of the craft objects that, until then, had been made by hand, were replaced by industrially manufactured goods," he maintained. However, alongside the mechanised production, production of hand-made craft objects continued on a smaller scale in independent, regional workshops across Japan, he added. Fukazawa said that the upcoming exhibition aims at introducing handcrafted objects made from traditional materials with traditional techniques being followed in the entire Japan. "Traditional materials and techniques have rooted in the climate and landscape of every region of Japan, produced with utilitarian craft objects made by seasoned skills of artisans and arts works enriched with the creativity of craft artists," he mentioned adding both the artists and artisans have influenced each other and this mutual influence has contributed to the depth and high quality of Japanese crafts. The Director mentioned that handcrafted form introduces distinct groups that comprise ceramics, textiles, metal work, lacquer ware, wood and bamboo crafts. "In addition to those crafts of daily living, the Japan Foundation has also assembled creative works of art made by craft artists using skills fostered in the workshop environment," Yo Fukazawa remarked while hoping that audiences would profoundly appreciate the multiplicity and richness of Japanese crafts. Some of the popular techniques of ceramics that are to be introduced in the exhibition include Kasama Ware, Mino Ware, Banko Ware and Bizen Ware to be made by traditional stones. While Ramie Crepe, Cast Iron-Ware, Edo Joinery and Edo Cut-Glass are other popular techniques of textiles, metalwork, wood, bamboo crafts, and glass wire respectively. "All these techniques are splendid manifestation of the rich Japanese Artwork, that would be a great source of inspiration for Pakistani traditional artists and handicrafts," argued the Japanese Diplomat.