ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 07th Nov, 2016 ) : A week-long 'Traditional Basketry Work' training program started at Lok Virsa Heritage Museum under Crat of the Month program. Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that master artisans of the field will be there to demonstrate their skills and teach children as well. She said that Lok Virsa is making efforts to preserve the most exciting and creative activity in the country.
Dr. Fouzia said that this training program will continue till November 13. Timings will be from 10am - 5PM. The admission to the programme is free. A large number of students, parents and families of participating children attended the opening ceremony of the training program. The aim of these courses is to provide a thorough imparting of techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Baskets are made for a variety of purposes, including food gathering and storage, furnishings, garments and ceremonial uses.
Basketry can transmit important artistic knowledge and cultural traditions. There are many different types of baskets, with countless variations on these types made by different individual artists. Some basket types that can be seen in museums are no longer a part of the daily lives of native peoples. Many other kinds of basketry, however, maintain significant roles in art and cultures. The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) has launched a series of programmes titled `Craft of the Month' carrying the slogan of `Harnessing Culture with education'.
The one-year programme aims to promote traditional crafts and provide an opportunity to the youth community, who has little or no exposure to the living cultural heritage of Pakistan, to interact with craftspeople and learn essential craft related techniques. Apart from students from different schools and colleges, visiting children are also encouraged to learn craft making techniques from the artisans without any charges. The interested parents can contact Lok Virsa Museum Section on 9249200 or 0300-5204755 for registration of their children.