It is so much fun discovering handicrafts of Pakistan especially going deep into the bustling bazaars of the country to find artistic gems.
Where to find the best Pakistani Handicrafts
The best artisans can be found at :-
- Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
- Bannu and Swat
- Gilgit Baltistan
Handicrafts meaning in Urdu
The word handicrafts mean “dust’kaari” in Urdu and “the crafts of the hand”.
The handicraft association of Pakistan handles new designs and how to have new artwork developed for mass production.
Best Handicrafts of Pakistan
- Multani Blue Pottery
- Sindh Ajrak
- Peshawari Chappal
- Woolen Chador and Cap of Swat
- Ghandara Jade and Stone Sculptures
- Chiniot Furniture
- Carpets of Quetta
- Ralli Clothes of Sindh
- Kashmiri Paper Mache of Lahore
- Camel Skin Lamps Multan
- Himalayan Salt Lamps Khewra Punjab
- Wooden Figurines Silanwali Sargodha Punjab
- World Cup Football Sialkot
- Leather work of Sialkot
- Musical Instruments including Bagpipes of Sialkot
- Calligraphy art work
- Mirror Glass embellishing work Punjab
- Brass and Copper Decorations Karachi
- Cotton Cloth Lahore
- Ethnic Jewelry Karachi
- Hand crafted paper kites of Lahore
- Handmade guns of Darra Adam Khel Peshawari
- Pakistani Truck Art
Handicrafts and blue Pottery of Multan
Multan is one of the oldest cities of Pakistan, no wonder has the most handicrafts in all of the country.
Multan Blue pottery or ‘Kashi Kari’ originated somewhere in the Turkish-Iranian belt. Multan is the city that has been around since Alexander’s time has perfected the art of painting blue patterns on white clay utensils.
Some say this style of painting is also available in Jaipur, India. Now the artisans are experimenting with colors beyond blue and to tell you the truth – it’s equally lovely. I still like the blue work better.
Ralli Sewn Quilt Handicraft Sindh
Ralli or Rilli embroidered quilts are mostly in shades of red and are typical of interior Sindh. I’ve found masterpieces in the Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) bazaar of Sukkhar, which are Rembrandts’ in their league.
The best bedspread is the one that has a story to tell. These quilts would have village people, animals, and utensils all depicted in one big embroidered quilt cover; it’s gorgeous.
Sindhi Ajrak and glass studded Cap
Hand printed with naturally occurring dies, Sindh Ajrak is a staple gift from people of Sindh.
Camel Skin Lamps Handicraft Multan
Camel skin lamps radiate a soft glow, whatever the wattage of the bulb inside. Couple that with the elaborate patterns painted on top, these lamps are a very pleasing article for your living room.
Jade and Stone Figurine Gandhara Sculptures Taxila
Jade & stone figurines not only look good on your trinket stand, but they also said to bring good luck in the Buddhist faith.
Who would mind extra space in heaven for a few hundred rupees, huh? The stone chessboard and samovar teapots are definitely worth buying.
Wood Sculptures Silanwali Sargodha
Wood figurines, tools, and pots from Sillahwali town have unique patterns carved on their surface. The best of the lot is the bulls’ figures, which I guess they have specialized on.
Kashmiri Paper Mache Jewelry Handicrafts Lahore
Brought to Lahore by migrating craftsmen of Kashmir, Kashmiri Paper Mache works are exquisite and are a sight for sore eyes. The intricate designs are nowhere to be found, except here.
Salt Figures Handicraft Sculptures Khewra Mines Punjab
The red-salt stone objects from Khewra and Kala Bagh Salt mines look very nice in your bedroom. These rocks are carved and converted to bedside lamps as well. They give off a beautiful red glow to the room and also ease the breathing of residents with asthma.
One salt piece that is shaped like a cross on a tombstone has a macabre appeal like none other.
World Cup Hand stitched Footballs
Lastly, the living room would be incomplete without a hand-crafted Telstar-18 world cup fame football (soccer) from Sialkot.
Leather designer work on Sialkot
If you want anything made of fine leather, Sialkot is your city to got to.
Musical instruments of Sialkot
Sialkot has the best ethnic musical instrument shops like the flute, Dhol and they have graduated to making Bagpipes and Guitars too.
Caligraphy arts of Islamabad
Islamabad has the best Calligraphy artists in Pakistan. This is because Pakistani art has morphed into calligraphy as a medium of self expression ever since the repressive regimes have take power in the center, Islamabad.
Hand Crafted custom made shoes of Karachi
In each of the major cities like
There are hand crafted shoe makers who make perfectly customized shoes with high quality leather. The shoes are not inexpensive, but still a lot more low cost than the alternatives in Western countries.
Each pair of shoe costs around Rs 35000
Khussa semi Jodhpur slip on Shoes
Embellished Khussa slip on leather shoes have been around since the times of Mughal Kings.
Multan artisans are particularly famous for their finely embroiled work.
Captain Chappal and Chawat
The Pushtun belt to the West of Pakistan cannot think of wearing any other shoe for any extended period of time.
Sandals with tie on straps have been hand crafted to perfection in Peshawar and Quetta.
Hand-knotted Carpets of Quetta
They say these hand knotted carpets like the “Kavkaz” type, comes from Afghanistan, but I wouldn’t know.
I find these carpets selling in Pakistan and absolutely adore them, especially the ones with a pictorial theme sewn into the pattern.
Hand made Wooden furniture of Chiniot Punjab
Chiniot has been a centre of wood artisan for hundreds of years. High quality Kashmiri wood would come drifting down from the Valleys of Kashmir to the make -shift ports of Chiniot on the Chenab river, to be converted to furniture for royalty.
Brass and Copper carvings on Utensils at Karachi Sindh
Brass carving work shines so bright in spot lights that they immediately make your living room look tasteful
These hand crafted brass carving works are so intricate that they cannot be duplicated anywhere else.
The best works can be found at Zainab Market Saddar Karachi.
Muslin or Cotton Cloth in Pakistan is so light, it feels like you don’t have anything on.
This region of Indus valley has been trading with the Mesopotamian empire at least a thousand years BC and mostly in cotton clothes and spices.
Woolen Hand knotted Chador and Cap of Swat and Chitral
Both these cities Chitral and Swat have the finest wool and artisans to make you an embroidered overcoat, a chodor and wool cap
The Jewelry of Sindhi women is worth keeping as a display piece at home.
Earthen and Stone Pots
Earthen pots are still being used in Pakistan and hence, the artisans have several varieties of beautifully crafted pieces on display all around Pakistan, especially Wah.
Pakistani Truck Art
Colorful paintings of trucks that have a story line woven in the design
Handmade Guns of Darra Adam Khel Peshawar
Ever since the unsuccessful Tirah Campaign of Colonial British 2oo years back, the Pashtun belt has had their own private gun factory in Darra Adam Khel and their prime produce since those times is the dreaded Jezail long range rifle.
The Best way to buy Pakistani Handicrafts
The best way is to inbox me or you can try Etsy.com
Pakistan has the best arts and crafts scene, but too bad local artisans don’t get their due share in the presence of travel advisories by mostly Western governments.
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