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Why ‘fashiony’?

We have a domain name fashiony.pk; and we are “fashiony”. People often ask us what is fashiony and why and how you came up with this name. Is it a term? Is it really an English term or Punjabi one? There are few critics who even say that this name not even match your objectives. They say that if you’re primarily a non-profit, empowering artists, students, women and especially differently abled women then you should probably have some name like “helpingHands” or “Maseeha”. Otherwise if you’re primarily an ecommerce for…

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Bone Carving: Craftsmen Struggle to Keep the Art Alive

  Every piece, from a key ring to large size models, is gorgeous and intricately carved out of camel bone. Roaming around the old fort in a pleasant midday of late February as I got into craft bazaar of Multan my first encounter was with Abdul Rashid Qureshi. The man into his 70s is an artist of camel bone carving. His stall has dozens of pieces, small and large, on display. Every item, from a key ring to large size models, is gorgeous and intricately carved out of the camel…

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Camel Bone Artists, Project Kalayatra

When I stepped in Zakir Hussain’s workshop for camel bone artists, I was in a haze, literally. Covered in white dust, I saw a bunch of young men engrossed in working with incredibly sharp machinery, their nimble fingers sculpting the camel bones into artifacts with finesse. Zakir is a very well know, national award winning camel bone artist, he had just returned from Italy where he had been representing Indian Art. The day I spent with him and his disciples left me asking new questions regarding artisans and their communities.…

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A Master Artisan’s Crusade to Conserve the Dying Art of Camel Bone Craftsmanship

The craft of camel bone artistry is one of the most intricate art forms indigenous to India. A master artist is toiling hard to protect the art from the brink of extinction. Understanding the intricate art of camel bone artistry demands stepping into a haze, covered with dust the colour of dirty snow. The sight that welcomes you is a large room full of young, enthusiastic artists, feverishly concentrating on their creation. Their facial features are tough to decipher as they are covered in bone-dust from head to toe, like…

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