Swat in Beads

SwatThe origin of embroidery has a long and time-tested history and is recorded in the annals of history from time immemorial. The art was perfected in ancient Egypt, Northern Europe and China. Intricately designed and embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items has been hallmarks of social status and signs of affluence and wealth of the family in many ancient cultures and civilizations in Persia, India, China, Byzantium, and medieval England. Hand Embroidery is a traditional art form passed from generation to generation in diverse cultures and the art-oriented dwellers of Swat has inherited this profound tradition from the artisans of Ghanhdara.
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Wood Carving

SwatGandahara art flourished and produced some of the best pieces of art and sculpture of all time during Buddhist period in Swat. Stone carving or tracery was the favorite pursuit of the artisans of that age and they carved the life story of Mahatma Buddha in different postures. The artist also took interest in carving the activities of daily life, nature and flowers of various kinds. The carving of beautiful flowers, vines and branches reflect their skills and aesthetic sense and close relationship with nature. The Pukhtun artisans inherited this passion and artistic pursuit after the occupation of Swat. Natural landscapes and natural beauty replaced the artist pursuits that focused on the statues and figurines in the previous era. These artists were iconoclasts who delegated stone carving in to wood and figurines into flowers and vines.
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Stone Carving

SwatThe land of swat, ancient Udyana, remarkably shared the artistic and cultural progress manifested over the centuries in Gandahara proper, but geographically and ethnically it effectively kept its separate identity. The Buddhist art of Gandahara did not remain confined to its geographical boundary but spread rapidly with the passage of time to the areas in the north of Swat and even beyond Indus to the Taxila valley. This fact is elaborately supported by the discovery of many Buddhist sites in these regions where a large number of sculpture scenes of Buddhist
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Ornaments

SwatThe history of ornaments is last in time. Female have occupied the central stage since the inception of human beings in to this world and due to the excessive attention and interest she has aroused and received from men, she has always strived to be more attractive, more beautiful and more eye catching in order to keep the males involved and engrossed eternally. As some females have remained in power in ancient times and even have been given the status of goddesses for their extraordinary appearance, beauty, wit and wisdom, they created and innovated new means and ways to retain and reinforce their exalted grandeur and elevate their sublime status. Greek (Hellen), Egyptian (Cleopatra), Hindu (Seta) and medieval mythology is replete with the examples of such goddesses who were revered and adored for their astounding attraction and were declared as paragon of beauty.
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The art of Pottery

SwatThe traditional valley of Swat has innumerable attractions and attributes which has always tempted and awed visitors from all corners of the world. Its rich history, exclusive handicrafts, delicious delicacies, hypnotizing natural beauty, and unique culture have intrigued the visitors from time immemorial. Earthen pottery is an art that has almost vanished in other cultures and societies and people there do not use any more the artistically designed bowls, plates, and utensils for cooking. The situation in Swat valley is totally opposite the rural community still prefers to use earthen water pots instead of insulated water coolers and earthen cooing utensils instead of silver, brass and steel pots.
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Foot Wears

SwatThe evocative vale of Swat has deep-rooted traditions and culture linking it to the glorious era of Ghandara civilization that has left indelible marks on the mind and culture of the ingenious inhabitants of Swat. Due to this strong influence and profound heritage, the dwellers of Swat have explored and conquered new horizons not only in the creative discipline of art but also in the logical and practical field. Being brought up in the very lap of Mother Nature, they have acquired and attained the golden knowledge of protecting themselves from the severities of Nature through the hidden gifts, which she has bestowed on them generously
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