Pakistani Artist Presents Naqashi October 31-November 4

Following the success of several recent visiting artist programs here at Pacific Asia Museum (the sand mandala by Tibetan monks, the Japanese shibori workshop and the Korean najeon workshop, among others), we’re excited to host Pakistani artist Malik Abdul Rehman October 31 through November 4 thanks to our wonderful Pakistan Arts Council. He’ll demonstrate the traditional art of naqashi, which involves creating  highly geometric designs to decorate walls, ceilings, woodwork and ornamental camel skin items.

Naqashi is a style that has been practiced in South Asia for about 900 years. Using natural dyes, artists like Rehman painstakingly paint intricate and ornate patterns on a variety of surfaces, often with a floral motif. Many notable examples of naqashi are found on the walls and ceilings of important buildings like mosques and palaces– Rehman’s family even worked in the Taj Mahal.

You won’t want to miss watching this artist in action, and maybe even trying naqashi yourself! Rehman will also have a limited number of works for sale– just in time for the holidays. Here’s the week’s schedule:

Wednesday, October 31 through Friday, November 2
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ongoing demonstration with additional works on view

Saturday, November 3
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ongoing demonstration with additional works on view
2-5 p.m. Naqashi Workshop: Designed for adults, advance registration required at 626-449-2742 x 31.

Sunday, November 4
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Ongoing demonstration with additional works on view
2-5 p.m. Tea and Naqashi Lecture hosted by the Pakistan Arts Council

 

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