Pottery making program begins at Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD:A four-day ‘pottery making: engagement with artisans program was started here at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) under the ongoing Craft is knowledge series.

The special training program was arranged by Lok Virsa in collaboration with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). A colorful opening ceremony was held here at Heritage Museum.

Senator Mohammad Usman Khan was the chief guest in the opening ceremony of the program. The objective of the program is to promote traditional skills, encourage master artisans and above all, inculcate awareness among younger generation, particularly children about the indigenous craft heritage of the country.

Children and young student singers attired in traditional costumes also presented live folk musical performances, national songs, folk songs, folk dances and cultural diversity shows.

The program aimed to promoting indigenous folk crafts, reviving dying traditional skills and inculcating knowledge among the younger generation, particularly children about the rich craft heritage of Pakistan.

Master artisans in pottery making (including blue pottery) from different parts of the country will demonstrate their skills and teach craft making techniques to children for a week daily from 10 am to 5 pm at Lok Virsa Heritage Museum.

Executive Director, Lok Virsa, Dr. Fouzia Saeed said “Pakistani children has a great potential to learn knowledge about craft heritage of Pakistan. Here we also saw little boys who were equally keen to gain information about the Pottery Making techniques.

“It also encourages youth to value dignity of labour, foster ownership for their culture, create respect for different professions and character building. It helped understand the contribution of artisans in the sustainable development of their community and country at large” she added.

A large number of youth, students, teachers, craft lovers and people belonging to other walks of life thronged the event.

“Traditional Pottery Making” program will continue till October 20.