A Flower from Every Meadow
With thousands of years of sun worship and thread work distilled into an embroidered medallion on the sleeve of a dress, and all the mystery and remoteness of the Indus Kohistan Valley depicted in 524 panels of a skirt, the natural impracticality of the garment is staggering, perhaps even more than its frequent use. What inspires little surprise, however, is the fact that this dress (jumlo) was the starting point for renowned scholar and author Sheila Paine’s pioneering work on the textiles of South Asia.
After undertaking an extraordinary and arduous journey from the mountains of Pakistan’s northern frontier, the jumlo now joins over a hundred handpicked pieces from the far flung meadows of Pakistan in the Mohatta Palace Museum’s nineteenth exhibition, A Flower from Every Meadow: Design and Innovation in Pakistan’s Dress Traditions.
Paying close attention to technical and historical detail, the exhibition juxtaposes the antique with the reinvented, the courtly with the domestic, and the functional with the ornamental to celebrate a unique confluence that pays tribute to the skills of Pakistan’s craftspersons and the exceptional range of textile arts they have produced. A number of our modern designers, who have drawn inspiration from traditional garments and have evolved cuts, motifs and embellishment in unique visual expressions of their own, are also part of this exhibition, which opens on June 10, 2015.
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