Textile Institute of Pakistan's displayed projects
KARACHI, June 1(Dawn): Treading a fine line between catering to their own
artistic urges and meeting the demands of the market, 19 students of a local
textile design institute displayed their thesis projects at a degree show held
here at the institute's Port Qasim Authority campus.
Walking through the
halls displaying the projects -- the work of the Textile Institute of Pakistan's
Textile Design Technology graduating class of 2007 – one felt as if one was
walking through an art gallery and department store rolled into one. And maybe
that was the intended effect, for perhaps the institution wants to inculcate a
balance between creativity and the more commercial aspects of textile design in
The students were given a year to complete their projects,
from genesis to revelation, which included conception, visualisation, marketing
aspects and coming up with the actual finished products.
They were asked
to choose a topic which would serve as a theme for the project, and carry the
project forward keeping this theme central. According to an instructor, the only
restriction placed on the students was to not spend too much money on their
projects. Otherwise, they were given complete creative freedom.
themes ranged from the poetry of Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib to the ribald
glamour of casinos and the nightlife that they attract, and everything in
between. The end products were a combination of the outrageously arty and the
tastefully sober, some dripping with loud colours, others carrying a distinct
air of sobriety and tradition about them.
From bed-sheets inspired by
children's board games to neckties based on the personality of pop star Ali
Azmat, all the students sought to employ the use of textiles in a way that
combined novelty and practicality.
When asked whether the products on
display would find a market and end up on store shelves, a student replied in
the positive, saying that people were interested in products "with a
And different they were.