Tana Bana: The Woven Soul of Pakistan

by Noorjehan Bilgrami & Mary Ann Fitzgerald


Feb. 2003 – April 2003

Drawing upon private textile collections in Pakistan and Wisconsin, Tana Bana will feature more than 60 textiles and costumes from various cultures and regions of Pakistan. The exhibition is co-curated by Noorjehan Bilgrami, a textile historian and artist from Karachi, Pakistan, and Mary Ann Fitzgerald, curator of the University of Wisconsin’s Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. This exhibition focuses on textile and costume traditions of the regions of Sindh, Punjab, the North-West Frontier Province and Baluchistan.

The province of Sindh in southeastern Pakistan has a rich heritage of textile embroidery, dyeing, block printing and weaving. Consequently the largest representation of textiles in the exhibition comes from Sindh. Many of the traditional block-printing, dyeing and weaving centers of Sindh are located near the Indus River, which supplies the water for washing, rinsing, and dyeing yarns and cloth.

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