Besides the routine utility in people’s lives, handcrafts also acts as a vehicle for carrying further the values, customs, traditions and history of a society and transmitting it from one generation to another.

The famous handicrafts of Khyber include Copper work, woodwork, shawl making, Kadhar work, embroidery, jewelry, pottery etc. These are the famous examples of KP’s handmade creativity.

Peshawar City is famous for Copper work and woodwork. Swati woolen shawls are integral part of winter season and traditional part of society as well. Charsadda is famous for kadhar work and Peshawari Chappals.

Govt official of KPK said that KP culture department was taking measures to highlight the skills of KP across the world and establish exhibitions across the country to create awareness among masses.

The KP department had sent some traditional items to an exhibition held in the United Kingdom four years ago and had declared Peshawar as a creative city internationally.

The KP handicraft center has been established in Islamabad which would be utilized to highlight the KP’s skill nationally and internationally and would sell out through e-commerce across the globe. The art of handmade creation is an old practice of humanity.

 The roots of which can be traced in the primitive societies. The known examples of such creativity are the stone tools of different varieties that the primitive man made from the easily available sources. They stocked for the first time a specific stone with another one and the flakes and blades were detected for cutting the hunted animals or removing their skins.

However, the actual handicrafts were those produced in the Bronze Age era of Mehrgarh and Indus valley civilization when the people of the time also added aesthetic expression in terms of different shapes and designs with colors and engraving tools to their mud and metal ceramics and other household objects.

The stone beads with various magical and geometrical patterns of Buddhist period are the prominent examples for adoration and religious purposes.

Despite the development of sophisticated technology in the modern world which produces electronic and automatic households, the importance of handicrafts is equally continuing and plays a vital role in the lives of human beings.

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