I was told to cover the degree show of designers for the DAWN weekly paper, Images, and today my article got published. With the photographs taken by Nida Khan and all the support she put forward by the encouraging words, “You can do it!” I am extremely thankful to her. I have been writing for Young World for almost 7 years now but this is the first time I got an exposure in Images for which I am very glad partly because I somehow made my way to Images and partly because my first article was related to my beloved Institute! I am copy pasting the published write up here.
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By Aisha Rahat
The graduating batch of the Textile Institute of Pakistan (TIP) lately exhibited their creativity in their degree show at the TIP campus. The show is an annual event held by the Instituteâ€™s Textile Design Technology, and serves as an opportunity for young graduating designers to get their first exposure to industrial professionals in the market as well as to acquire customised orders.
Students choose their own source of inspiration, and practically implement all their creativity and knowledge learned in four years of study to finally craft a range of finished textile related products for a target market. With products ranging from handbags to saris, cushion covers to upholstery, room separators to bed sets and footwear to womenâ€™s apparel, the event proved to be an enriching experience.
Transforming the conceived into real tangibles, each displayed product was distinctive and delicately derived from various sources of inspiration. Syed Ali Tauhaâ€™s saris were inspired by Moulin Rouge. Keeping in mind the intense and exhilarating performances, glitz and glamour, intoxicating music, dance and jewels and every possible mode of artificial beauty, he used the traditional Javanese printing technique of Batik on pure silken material to create saris with an extremely stylish touch.
He commented upon the unique aspect of his product: â€œPakistani designers still work in a restricted and restrained environment thatâ€™s why I want to bring out the outrageous into Pakistani market which was found in the performances of Moulin Rouge. I have worked on the complete colour palette with no restrictions, while red and black are the most eminent colours in my make-up as they are also prominent in the film.â€
Kiran Sharma, inspired by Jaipur architecture and the extravagant use of jali within as a climate control device, chose sheer curtains as her product. Various printing techniques were applied to the delicate fabrics used and the final result was a mesmerising, cool effect.
Students choose their own source of inspiration, and practically implement all their creativity and knowledge learned in four years of study to finally craft a range of finished textile related products for a target market
Another striking display by Amna Arshad Zuberi used the theme of Rajasthani kathputli (puppets) as the framework for her products, in which sofa cushions were the most prominent. â€œThe kathputli tamashas hold valuable morals,â€ she said. â€œThrough this, I want to voice social issues like caste discrimination, gender inequality and disarray as I believe through storytelling these can be eliminated.â€But the room separators were the only rare product that outshone the rest. Ayesha Rahman, the designer of these exquisite translucent structures in white used the glow of pearls as her inspiration and her display glowed likewise without doubt.
Among other compelling works of art comprising bright, highlighted cushions was the skillfully conceived display inspired by the clown. Syed Khawar Hussain, the man behind this creation, used pom-poms and stretchable jersey along with other teasing techniques to make his work impressive and noteworthy. His was probably the only venture where the entire theme seemed to very successfully flow into the products.
Another eye-catching exhibit of handbags was inspired by traditional dolls, presented by Nida Khan. She uniquely created a doll and then played with its various postures, deriving remarkably creative bag shapes, that were not only trendy but also artistic. Particularly worth mentioning was a lime-green and grey coloured seated woman. â€œMy work is all about companionship and love, how essential it is for a person to be a good companion to him or herself… and then ultimately to others. I have given the female of today a confidante, a companion, and have sought to bring back the value each female feels for her handbag,â€ she said. The bags are further embellished with an ornamental touch.
There was a credible element of professionalism to all the displays, rare to be found at the under graduate level. The voyage of discovery for this group of young individuals doesnâ€™t end here, and their efforts promise successful careers ahead.