Showing posts with label Sindhi Culture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sindhi Culture. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rilli - A Sindhi Cultural Heritage

Pakistani culture is world famous for its handmade artifacts and products specially those of related to the provincial cultural heritage. Such cultural heritage and talent is possessed by the women of Sindh who manufacture this hand-crafted quilt called the Rilli. They make Rilli using many different colors and types of fibers. Rilli is mainly used as a rug, blankets, quilts, shawls and hanging on walls. The different colors and design represents the diverse elements of the Sindhi culture. It is a popular gift around these areas and can be bought from many handicraft shops.
Multi-colored combinations are used and stitched together to make a quilt which is also used as a blanket and then layers of cotton fabric is used to fill inside.  It is stitched very artfully with such grace that the network of the thread goes from one corner to the other all the way through the center with utmost skill.

Monday, September 14, 2015

RaniKot - A Great Wall of Sindh

The man behind the “Karachi Walla” and “Overheard in Karachi”, Farooq Somro heads out to search the wonders and mysteries of Pakistan about which many would like to know the answers to. One of the most mysterious places of Pakistan, “Ranikot Fort” is claimed to be the largest fort in the world.
Also called the great wall of Sindh, the Ranikot has a circumference of about 26 km standing in nowhere and defending nothing, writes Isobel Shaw. Though the largest fort in the world, it is still not enough to focus the attention of authorities to turn it into a primary tourist attraction.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Mesmerizing History of Sindhi Culture

Sindh is one of the largest provinces of Pakistan situated in Southern Border. The name of this province has been derived from famous River Indus. According to Sanskrit, the name of Sindh was pronounced “Sindhu” meaning “Ocean”. Approximately in 3000 B.C., the culture of Dravidian was urbanized and gave way to the Indus Valley Civilization. Indus Valley Civilization was rejected due to natural occurring disasters like floods but the take-over of Indo-Aryans caused the unexpected destruction of it, according to the Historians. In the present history, Sindh was seized by the British in 1843. Sindh province remained under the slavery of British India till 1947 when it was declared the official province of Pakistan.

Sindhi Ajrak - A Soul of Sindhi Culture

Ajrak is a cloth of block printed with cavernous blushing red and sky blue background, posturing proportional patterns with dispersed unprinted effervescent transparent white motifs, nearly stars. Made of cotton, its flexibility resembles to Silk cloth. More than just a simple cloth, Ajrak is a living craft of Sindh, verifiable from the primitive archeological research of the ancient civilization Mohenjodaro. It has been symmetrically famous from period immemorial until today in between its rural, migrant and urban consumers.
Ajrak is traditionally used in Sindh from birth to death. It is used as a harbor for newborn, covering head for girls, bridal ornaments, a shawl, a turban, a present, bed sheet and symbol of respect to welcome the guests, it is also used as a climate protection by being cool in summer and hot in winter and lastly, it is immensely used as a farewell wrap. Most of the politicians of Sindh had worn Ajrak in public meetings to show their respect, love and solidarity for their province.
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