February 28, 2011
My favourite part of the festival-embroidery .
The embroidery displayed was from Pakisthan. For the first time I saw zardosi motifs –which can be attached to anything. Only a few pieces were there,but all were exquisite .
Some embroidered unstitched tunics were also on display.And a workcot for making zardosi motifs is also seen here.
Women from the Middle east have been commisioning their grand wedding dresses from Pakisthan. The Pakisthani embroidery is very famous.
With this my posts on Muscat festival is over.
Iam happy to share the information about handicraft items from all over the world, which were part of the festival. By writing about them, I was able to go through the experience all over again.
February 27, 2011
In this section,we saw lamp shades made from camel skin.
This craft is from Pakisthan. The artists have specialized in this art , and have been doing it for generations.there were pictures of works in progress.The pieces are painted in different shapes and lamp are fitted inside each piece.
We enjoyed looking at these beautiful lamp shades.
In India also I have seen lamp shades made of animal skin . the patterns used for painting are mythological figures,[inspired by puppetry art of Karnataka-this comes under perfoming arts,there are many families doing it]. Another important feature in this type of art is.- holes are made at uniform intervals, when light passes through the holes , beautiful patterns are formed.
Another craft in next post.
February 25, 2011
In this there were so many hand painted tiles on display and sale .Dear Hubby was so impressed, kept on clicking!
There were painted trays, pictures, cups, vases.These were also from Syria.
The patterns were so inspiring for me, I don’t mind having these pictures.
Painted tiles, pictures-1
If I use the same colour combinations and embroider on a white tunic, will I also look like a tile?
We are both heavy- idea considered and postponed for another time!
A few more of handicrafts…
February 22, 2011
One of the stalls in the Muscat festival had squares pieces made in cross stitch. I had an opportunity to see the artist working on a piece.
That is another important aspect of this festival, where we can see the artists working with their creations.
The squares are even weave cloth in light or black colours, the designs are [as far as I could see] were textile patterns or background patterns. The squares are then stitched as cushions or framed as pictures. The patterns were beautiful and very intricate. It would take a long time to complete on square. I was amazed at the patience of the stitcher.
Have a look at the picture-
Cross stitch squares
I did not take any close-ups, to respect the stitcher. As seen, some large embroidered wall hangings were also on display.
More posts on handicrafts….