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Friday, April 16, 2004


Show displays Pakistani textiles

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan) in Tokyo is holding an exhibition of textiles from Pakistan through May 23.

With more than 100 costumes and headdresses, bags, bedcovers and other items produced in the 19th and early 20th century, the exhibition -- titled "TANA BANA -- The Woven Soul of Pakistan" -- testifies to a distinctive, but disappearing, Pakistani aesthetic.

Today, age-old Pakistani textile techniques and traditions are at risk of dying out due to the spread of urban lifestyles. There remain only a few textile block-print workshops employing a technique that dates back to the Indus Valley civilization which flourished around 2,500 B.C.

The organizers of the exhibition hope that visitors will "feel the movements of the craftsmen's hands and experience the soul of the Pakistani people."

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