The fun part of going deep into the bustling bazaars’ of Multan, Pakistan to find their star handicrafts is unique to say the least.
Multan’s Blue pottery or ‘Kashi’ originated somewhere in the Turkish-Iranian belt. Multan being 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 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 Sukkur, which are Rembrandts’ in their league. The best bed spread 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.
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 & stone figurines of Karachi not only look good on your trinket stand, 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 chess board and samovar tea pots are definitely worth buying.
Wood figurines, tools and pots from Sillahwali town have unique patterns carved on their surface. The best of the lot are the bulls’ figures, which I guess they have specialized on.
Kashmiri paper Mache jewelry boxes are a sight for sore eyes. The intricate designs are nowhere to be found, except in Muzaffarabad.
The red-salt stone objects from Khewra Salt mines look very nice in your bed room. These rocks are carved and converted to bed side 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 as a cross on a tombstone has a macabre appeal like none other.
Lastly, the living room would be incomplete without a hand crafted Telstar-18 world cup fame football (soccer) from Sialkot.
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