We are pleased to announce that the second iteration of the Daachi Arts and Crafts Exhibition for 2018, spearheaded by the Daachi Foundation, will be taking place from the 3rd till the 5th of November, 2018 at the Qasr-e-Noor Community Centre in Model Town, Lahore. The much-awaited exhibition showcasing indigenous crafts of artisans from across Pakistan will be open to the public from 10am to 8pm on all three days.
The Daachi Foundation’s mission is to guard and promote Pakistan’s cultural heritage, ideology and environment by promoting indigenous craftsmen and artists while advancing a sustainable lifestyle. The yearly exhibitions serve to inculcate a sense of pride for the Pakistani identity through crafts, folk music and traditional cuisine and most importantly by assembling craftsmen from all over the country on one platform. This unique platform has enabled entrepreneurship in remote parts of Pakistan, as members of the ever-growing cottage industry find a much larger audience for their products that further allows them to create a sustainable livelihood for themselves.
Over the years the Daachi Arts and Crafts Exhibitions have garnered a massive following with patrons flocking to every event for three days of exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan. From the intricate embroideries of Punjab, to the exquisitely crafted dolls of Sindh, to the ornate wood carvings of Swat, Daachi provides an eclectic collection of the variety that Pakistan has to offer. Staying true to its mission of creating a space for entrepreneurs, Daachi’s exhibitions also display work from modern artisans, showcasing the future of Pakistani crafts.
Ayesha Noorani, the Chairperson of the Daachi Foundation says, “This project is dedicated to our beloved Prophet Muhammed, [PBUH] and the vision of the project stems from his teachings. It encompasses all aspects of our lives, in creating a humane world, with responsibilities towards all of Allah’s creation, be it animals, the environment, or people less fortunate than yourself.”
The Daachi Foundation aims to found a sustainable, permanent artisan village in Lahore that will further enhance the cause of protecting Pakistan’s cultural heritage. The groundbreaking of this Village will take place by the end of this year.