ISLAMABAD (APP) A three-day exhibition of display of the beautiful craftsmanship of woodworks concluded here on Sunday at Lok virsa. The exhibition was organized by National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (LOK VIRSA) under Joint Institutional Cooperation between Pakistan and Norway. Twenty master artisans and craftspeople with their helpers in the field of woodworks including lacquer art, wood carving, block making, spoon making, etc. participated in the exhibition and demonstrated their skills in the artistically designed colorful pavilions. The artisans were Muhammad Riaz and Tahir Mahmood Mirza from Silanwali, Muhammad Waseem and Mst Farhat Bibi from D.I.Khan, Gulmar Jan and Dost Muhammad from Swat, Ali Bukhsh Soomro from Kashmore, Muhammad Suleman from Khairpur, Mitho Khan Bhutto and Imdad Ali from Hala, Rehmat Karim from Hunza and Muhammad Saleem Malik from Kashmir. Among the craftspeople, Mitho Khan Bhutto from Sindh province was the most prominent one. He is a bonafide artisan in lacquer art (jundri ka kam) from Hala. He learnt this art from his father and has a vast experience of over 36 years to his credit. There are few craftspeople, who obtained proper education from schools/colleges and Mitho Khan is one of them. He is a graduate and has participated in many craft exhibitions in and abroad. In recognition of his meritorious services, Mitho Khan was awarded pride of performance by the government of Pakistan in 2006. The other one was Muhammad Saleem Malik, a master craftsman in wood carving from the Kashmir valley. He learnt this art from his forefathers at the tender age of seven. Due to oppressive policies of the Indian occupied forces, his family migrated to Pakistan and has settled in Rawalpindi permanently. He is imparting training to several students, thus ensuring continuity of his art to the younger generations. Saleem uses walnut wood, cedar; Dalbergia sissu (Shisham) for creating exquisitely carved furniture, doors, boxes and decorative items. He often uses teak wood for crafting most profusely intricate carved items. He carves nature, leaf patterns, animals, floral designs, etc. Saleem took part in a number of festivals and exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has been attending folk festival of Pakistan, popularly known as 'Lok Mela organized by Lok Vira annually, since long and won recognition of his talent. The third artisan, who attracted the crowd, was Muhammad Riaz from Silanwali. He practices the art of lacquer for the last 25 years having excellence in creating different art pieces including jewellery boxes, candy jars, flower vases, etc.