Colorful festival by women artisans concludes



National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa celebrated International Women Day in a colorful ceremony by women artisans at Heritage Museum that concluded here late Wednesday.

Major features of the event included demonstration of work by female master artisans in various specialized craft fields like Kashmiri embroidery, Hazara embroidery, doll making, stone carving, truck art, decoration work, basketry work, calligraphy, motikari, etc. and a live folk music show to pay tribute to well-known female folk artists was held at Heritage Museum.

International Women Day is celebrated throughout the world on March 8th as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to raise awareness for women’s equality and positive change in the society.

The event ‘Tribute to Women Artisans and Folk Artists’ focused on promoting Pakistan’s indigenous folk heritage and highlighting contributions of eminent master artisans and folk artists in the development of the society.

Ms. Fareena Mazhar, Secretary, National Heritage and Culture Division was the chief guest on the occasion. On arrival, the Secretary was warmly received by Bilal Ahmed, Executive Director Lok Virsa. She witnessed the exhibition of folk crafts by the female master artisans.

In his welcoming remarks, the Executive Director said that “women artisans and artists are no lesser than the male counterpart. Female folk can also work along with males to assist her family in financial need”. Lok Virsa is striving for progress of women of Pakistan through various initiatives including holding various exhibitions, fairs, festivals, concerts, etc., he added.Amateur young signers from various schools and colleges paid rich tributes to well-known female artists like Noor Jahan, Abdida Perveen, Nayyara Noor, Reshma, Mussarat Nazeer, etc.

In her address, Ms. Fareena Mazhar, highlighted importance of celebrating International Women Day especially with reference to culture.