Pakistan promotes culture in art, crafts exhibition

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ARTWORKS on Pakistan’s regional cultures are being showcased at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital.

The Arts and Crafts Exhibition, organised by the Pakistan High Commission here, features artworks and traditional clothing flown in from the South Asian country and made by Pakistanis residing in Brunei.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof launched the exhibition yesterday.

In a speech, head of the exhibition Dr Astar said the artworks portray different regional Pakistani cultures in miniature models.

“We are not professionals but what we have in our hearts, we paint it on the canvases – the exhibition depicts our love and affection for our motherland, Pakistan,” he said.

The exhibition also features traditional handicrafts and attire of three Pakistani provinces – Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan.

Dr Astar said the Pakistan High Commission in Brunei also held an exhibition in 2010 titled ‘Peaceful Recollection of Pakistan’.

“The previous exhibition showcased only paintings but today we extended our efforts to present the unique art on wheels – the truck art of Pakistan.”

A popular form of indigenous art in Pakistan and other South Asian countries, truck paintings feature floral patterns and poetic calligraphy.

“If we explore its history, it is not a very old type of art as it only started in early last century but expanded so fast that in the 1950s, it became a big industry in the region and got recognition in fine art subjects in the 70s.”

The Arts and Crafts exhibition is open to members of the public and will take place until April 30 from 9am to 7pm.

The Brunei Times