Skip to main content

Balochi Embroidery: A significant facet of Balochi culture

By: Maham Yaseen Baloch

All provinces of Pakistan have their own cultural significance and uniqueness, while the handicrafts done by Baloch female are yet very gorgeous and admirable. The embroideries are done on Pashk(shirt) covering the front of the dress, the cuffs of trousers and sleeves and on a large pocket(goptan or pandol) stretching from waist to the hem of the dress.

Well, it is an important part of our culture which denotes the beauty and handwork of Baloch female. It is made by the females and worn by them too. This art is said to move on from generation to generation successfully and now-a-days, getting blend with modern designs and look trendier.

It is believed that the art originated from Mehrgarh civilization back in 700 BC. Mehrgarh is located near the Bolan Pass, to the west of Indus valley and between the two cities of Quetta: Kalat and Sibi. It is one of the oldest civilizations of Pakistan. It is said that same kinds of motifs were excavated from Mehrgarh site in Balochistan. The people of Mehrgarh civilization wore dresses with such motifs.

Different regions of Balochistan have their own distinct designs indicating relevance to a particular tribe. For instance, the Kalat district is known for its Kalati embroidery, whereas, Periwal, Jalar, Kapuk and Naal are a product of Mekran division. Different types of stitches are used in the embroidery which are geometrically organized related to a location or may even relate to a woman’s current situation. The most famous and beautiful of these are made mainly by Turbati, Panjguri and Buledai women.

A Balochi dress

The stitches are made matching the dress color with the color of the threads and sometimes the women glorify their work by the use of mirrors in the embroidery.

“It takes a lot of time and hard work” says my mom who is expert in making such dresses for me and herself.

Probably a particular dress takes more than two months to be prepared and costs thousands to buy one.

And the best thing is in order to create such unique embroideries the women don’t even use charts and diagrams rather make these with the help of their creative minds.

However, now such embroideries are not dressed in Balochistan only but in many places of Pakistan due to their unique designs. These are in high demand in Gulf countries and are admired by everyone all over the globe. We ought to preserve our cultural dress by learning the skills from our elders. With modern technology and modern dresses, girls don’t choose to wear their traditional dresses anymore. We must preserve it because it holds a lot of significance in our culture.

Published in The Balochistan Point on May 4, 2018


Popular posts from this blog

Balochistan to establish first medical university

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …

China’s 'Digital Silk Road': Pitfalls Among High Hopes

Will information and communication technologies help China realize its Digital Silk Road?By Wenyuan WuNovember 03, 2017In his speech at the opening ceremony of China’s 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping depicted China as a model of scientific and harmonious development for developing nations. Xi’s China wants to engage the world through commerce but also through environmental protection and technological advancement. This includes Beijing’s efforts to fight climate change with information and communication technologies (ICTs) that it plans to export along its “One Belt One Road” initiative (OBOR). Xi may have ambitious plans, but could China be throwing up obstacles in its own way?In his speech, the Chinese president emphasized the need to modernize the country’s environmental protections. The Chinese state is taking an “ecological civilization” approach to development and diplomacy, with a natio…