Islamabad: The 10-day Pakistan embroidery and photo expo with the theme “Dreams Stitched In Colours” kicked off at the premier Indonesian National Gallery here Friday with Indonesian Vice Minister for Education and Culture, Musliar Kasim and Ambassador Sanaullah performing the opening ceremony, says a press release received here today from Jakarta, Indonesia.
The exhibition showcases more than 100 embroidery pieces, all carved and stitched by women artisans from the desert areas of Pakistan, as well as 100 or so photographs depicting land, people and culture of Pakistan.
Vice Minister Musliar Kasim in his remarks on the occasion said both Indonesia and Pakistan shared common Islamic traditions and cultural values which they could best exploit to broaden their relations in all other areas. He described the exhibition as a great effort by the Pakistan Mission, Jakarta to project the real image of the country.
Ambassador Sanaullah, in his address elaborated on the theme of the exhibition, “Dreams Stitched in Colours” and said it was a tribute to the womenfolk in desert areas of Pakistan, who lived under harsh conditions but facing all odds produced remarkable pieces of embroidery.
He said along with the embroidery work, the Embassy had also concurrently arranged a photo display on the theme, “Pakistan: Land, People and Culture” which featured more than hundred quality photographs.
He said it was an effort by the Embassy to introduce its rich cultural heritage and tourism attractions to the people of Indonesia and enter into cultural dialogue with the Indonesian people. The Ambassador presented the special souvenir of the Exhibition to the Vice Minister, Mr. Musliar Kasim.
The third part of the event was a classical dance performance by Indonesia based Pakistani artist, Feriyal who was joined by famous Indonesian choreographer, Alfianto to present different items including a fusion of Pakistani-Indonesian dance routine having spiritual underpinning.
Both the exhibition and the cultural performances were highly appreciated by a large audience including senior Indonesian officials, ambassadors, art lovers, media, students and members of Pakistani community. The exhibition will continue till 28 of November.
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