Availing the opportunity created by Lok Virsa at its premises to celebrate weekend, a large number of residents of twin cities hailing from different walks of life visited the ‘Cholistan Cultural Festival’ on Sunday.
The ongoing three-day festival, featuring the artisans-at-work exhibition, folkloric performances, song and dance ensembles with special focus on camel dance, traditional cuisine, special attractions for children such as jumping castles, swings, marry go round, attracted the entertainment-starved people of twin cities.
As many as 18 master craftsmen in the specialized craft fields of rilli (patch work), Khussa (traditional shoe) making, Farasi (floor rugs) weaving, Khaddar weaving, embroidery work with special emphasis on Bahawalpuri and Cholistani embroidery, pottery and Chabbi weaving (a plate like basket for bread keeping) are participating in the exhibition.
The most prominent among them is Malookan Bibi, master artisan in rilli (appliqué work) who has dedicated over 30 years of her life to this dying art. She learnt this art from her mother in a very early age and is trying to transfer it to the next generations, particularly young girls of her family.
Recognizing her talent, Lok Virsa selected her for the ceremony of Chaddarposhi that was performed during the inaugural ceremony of the Cholistan festival.
The festival will continue from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm till Monday (Today).