Poetic Threads: Rebuilding Communities Through Crafts

Hand embroidered textile from Pakistan. (Poetic Threads of Pakistan)

NEW YORK — This Thursday and Friday, designers Marisa Nicole and Mansoor Badshah of the group Poetic Threads of Pakistan will be at the Asia Society's AsiaStore from 12:30-3:30 pm to talk about traditional textile and jewelry arts of Pakistan.

Poetic Threads of Pakistan, a socially conscious organization, works with artisans from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan to build sustainable livelihoods and preserve cultural hand-crafting traditions. Located along the Afghan border, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region is generally represented in mainstream media as a site of ongoing conflict and instability. Poetic Threads aims to present a different face of residents' social lives by highlighting the area's ancient, rich and dynamic culture.

Through their work with individual artisans and local organizations, Poetic Threads wants to empower the local residents affected by the conflict, and promote intercultural dialogue on an international level while maintaining their commitment to ethical business practices.

To learn more, come meet Marisa Nicole and Mansoor Badshah in person, and see these extraordinary creations with your own eyes at AsiaStore this Thursday and Friday.

Video: Meet the artisans and organizations who collaborate with Poetic Threads of Pakistan.

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