Jhuley Lal’s Legacy: Bridging Tradition and Innovation

A Night of Tradition, Innovation, and Unity

Jhuley Lal, the patron saint of travellers, is revered for his association with vegetation and water, and his timeless message of courage and peace. He serves as a unifying figure across both Islam and Hinduism, symbolizing harmony and resilience. Inspired by Jhuley Lal’s legacy, this project aspires to bridge cultural divides and showcase the collaborative potential of Sindhi craftsmanship on a global stage.

A Cross-Continental Collaboration

This exhibition is the culmination of an intensive, curated residency that brought together talented artisans from Sindh with designers from Pakistan and the UK. Over months of collaboration, they have explored and expanded the creative potential of traditional Sindhi crafts. From the intricate wood-carving and basket weaving of Shikarpur and Khairpur to the exquisite Benaresi jacquard handloom textiles of Karachi, the work presented is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Preserving Tradition Amidst Adversity

The importance of this project cannot be overstated, especially in light of the recent floods of August 2022, which have significantly impacted the livelihoods of many artisans. Craftsmanship, once a vibrant and profitable way of life, is now under threat. This exhibition aims to not only preserve but also revitalize these traditional skills, ensuring they remain viable for future generations.

A Multisensorial Experience

Visitors to Jhuley Lal | Crafting the Contemporary will be treated to a unique multisensorial experience. The fusion of traditional and contemporary designs is experimental in both brief and technique, offering an immersive journey through touch, sight, and sound. This approach aims to engage and inspire an emergent generation, fostering a deeper appreciation for the intricate beauty and cultural significance of Sindhi crafts.

Celebrating and Safeguarding Craftsmanship

By celebrating the artisans and their craftsmanship, this project hopes to spark broader participation in contemporary creative economies. It is through such recognition and support that we can safeguard these traditional skills, ensuring they continue to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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