Well, everyone intends to look trendy and stylish and keep themselves updated with the latest fashion trends. There is a saying “everyone wants to be different and that’s what makes all of us the same”. Yes, all this buying the latest lawn collection has led all of us to wear the same kind clothes. I am really fed up of watching all the other ladies in my office wearing the same top from the same brands. Our talks circle around the questions like “Yes, you are wearing sapphire” or “I saw this kurta on Khaddi” or “this is totally Chinyere”. We are so much updated with the latest editions that we don’t even need to ask the brand and we already know from where it has been bought. This has lost the charm for me and I am really looking forward to buying something that is not available in the malls so abundantly and that is why I love Arts and Craft Festival!
That is why I have updated my schedule and calendar with all the upcoming arts and crafts exhibitions in town. I try to buy the products that are most of all unique, hand-made, crafty and close to our roots and culture. Recently, I visited an Arts and Crafts festival organized in Fortress Square Mall, Lahore and I literally emptied my wallet since all the products displayed were simply amazing.
The best part of visiting these exhibitions is that you get to know people from all around Pakistan coming together at one platform to display their products. It’s a delightful yet learning experience in getting to know about the exhibitors, their stories of hard work and struggle and their different backgrounds. Can you imagine there is a jewelry designer who designs beautiful digital designs in lockets, earrings, and bookmarks because of her passion for jewelry and is actually a Ph.D. student in Islamic Banking in Finance? It’s a fascinating experience to see the housewives coming with their crafty talents and making embroidered clothes, beautiful paintings, and doing pebble art.
There were more around 50+ stalls displaying their products. The products included embroidered clothes and patches, silver decoration items, furniture items, jewelry items, indoor plants, and other crafty material caught the attention of the visitors. I can bet that it would be impossible for the people who appreciate arts and crafts couldn’t resist buying products from the festival.
You cannot imagine the diversity in all of these items and the way people have applied their creativity in making those products. On one side there is paper-made jewelry and on the other are 3-D designer jewelry and you just cannot decide which one to buy from them. I am fond of SWATI furniture since they have an absolutely stunning collection of hand-painted wooden furniture and their side tables and trays are a must addition to your home collection. Then there were people coming all the way from Bahawalpur to display their irresistible collection of hand-embroidered clothes. We all know that Bahawalpur is a hub for embroidered clothes and their designs are extremely unique yet elegant and a reminder of our culture and heritage.
I couldn’t stop myself from buying these amazing hand-made digital bookmarks, a charpai that was constructed inside a bottle, and a small pot of cactus for my side shelf. Pakistan is a country full of talented and skilled people who are trying to utilize their talents to the maximum by doing arts and crafts as their full/part-time jobs and side hobbies. If you are bored of buying from the known brands, then these arts and crafts festivals should be in your bucket list.