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Exhibition of Islamic Art and Crafts

Date: 18-21 September 2012

Location: Ana Special Mall, Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Website: http://www.expoturathuna.com/index.php

“Turathuna: Our Heritage” is the title of an art exhibition being organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah from 18-21 September 2012 at Ana Special Mall, Jeddah. Turathuna will exhibit vibrant and distinctive features of Islamic art.

The Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah invites all to visit “ANA SPECIAL MALL” Amir Sultan Road, Jeddah from 18-21 September, 2012 and witness the splendors of one of the foremost genres of our hertiage.

Calligraphy by Rana Riaz Ahmad. Rana Riaz introduced the technique of pointillism in calligraphy. Majesty of Quranic words and beauty of colours enrich his work and come together providing a unique visual pleasure.

Calligraphy:

Arabic script has been an important constituent of Pakistan’s Islamic heritage. Among Muslims, the art of lettering is connected with religious emphasis on reading the scripture. With this emphasis, the artistic expression of Arabic script has attracted all segments of Muslim societies throughout centuries and across the Islamic world. Turathuna will highlight the continuity of tradition of calligraphy which goes back to the time of Caliph Umar Ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) and Caliph Ali (May Allah be pleased with him). In various Islamic lands this tradition has been carefully nurtured and enriched, particularly in Pakistan where it constitutes country’s primary cultural identity and heritage.

 

Islamic Architecture:

Majestic domes and minarets, ornamented pulpits of mosques and religious schools, palaces, courtyards, beautiful gardens with water fountains and fragrant roses, spacious caravanserais and tombs decorated with patterned brickwork, tile mosaic often in blue, golden and green, splendid molded mihrab facings with columnar bands of Quranic inscriptions, sophisticated geometrical and floral engravings and high ramparts. These features characterize magnificent Islamic architecture. Islamic countries including Pakistan host world’s finest Islamic architecture. The Art Expo will celebrate the glory of Islamic architecture in beautiful paintings.

 

A miniature by Seemi Mirza. Seemi Mirza has worked with a renowned collector of old Qur’anic manuscripts, Haji Muhammad Bashir Ambalvi. This afforded her an opportunity to study centuries’ old rare manuscripts and antique miniatures. Later, she produced traditional calligraphy using the miniature technique. Most of her work is in Kufi style.

 

Islamic Miniature:

The origin of miniature art is attributed to the Umayyad doctors who had commissioned painters to develop illustrated training manuals for scientific explanations. Miniature illustrations were, inter alia, utilized to show important scenes as well as acts of war and peace in popular legends and stories such as Alf Laila wa Laila, Dastaan Amir Hamza, Qissa Yusuf Zulaikha etc. With the passage of time, miniature became an integral part of Arab, Persian, Turkic and Pakistan’s Islamic art traditions. In Pakistan, it has acquired the status of national art under the rubric of the Mughal Art. The Art Expo will showcase this cultural delicacy in its true colours and technique.

 

Furniture:

In many Muslim lands, craftsmen treated wood as a precious resource. They learned to use small pieces of it to great artistic advantage, elaborating such techniques as carving and marquetry, in which a surface is entirely covered with little pieces of wood veneer laid side-by-side to form patterns. Turathuna will showcase some of the exquisite pieces of furniture made in Pakistan.

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