Artistic map shows embroidery techniques of Pakistan’s different regions

~ Pakistan has a very rich cultural heritage, and this map speaks for it.

Embroidery techniques are not just embroidery techniques, they speak for the country’s rich cultural heritage and what it possesses in terms of art and history. Pakistani clothing brand  Generation came up with a distinctive and unique way to remind us that.

Textiles is on the most thriving sectors of the country, and needless to say, most distinctive as well. Sub-continent’s relationship with embroidery dates back to 1530s when actual gold and silver threads being used by Mughals and Uber rich Nawabs aka landlords. Over time, the techniques have evolved and are now made in more affordable options that fall in everyone’s range.

To show trends in Pakistan, Generation created a map inspired by Indian Craftsvilla:


Here is the viral map:


Indian Craftsvilla Embroidery Map:




Pakistan’s unique embroidery techniques:

These days, Pakistani embroidery incorporates crystals, stones, sequins, tinsel, metal strips, and metal coils are added to enhance threadwork. The new techniques are global, complicated; and multi-dimensional with the introduction of fusion cuts and silhouettes.

Pakistan inherited embroidery techniques from Afghanistan, Iran, France, and China (for example, the French Knots) so it must be said that most of the embroidery techniques contain influences from these four countries. Lately, I have seen “English Lace” (there is no such thing as French Lace) and “English crochet” brought in as well so Pakistan is only growing.

Textiles in Pakistan – Country snapshot:

Area796,095 sq km (Land: 770,875 sq km, Water: 25,220 sq km)
Population196,174,380 (July 2014 est.)
EconomyGDP: $236,518 million (2013 est.)
GDP growth rate: 3.6% (2013 est.)
GDP (PPP): $574.1 billion (2013 est.)
GDP – per capita (PPP): $3,100 (2013 est.)
Investment10.9% of GDP (2012 est.)
Urbanization36.2% of total population (2011)
Labor force59.21 million (2012 est.)
Agriculture: 45.1%
Industry: 20.7%
Services: 34.2% (2010 est.)
ElectricityInstalled generating capacity: 22.27 million kW (2010 est.)
Textile Industry
contribution to GDP
9.5% (2012)
Source: CIA World Factbook, IMF World Economic Outlook

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