Exhibition of decorative mirrors at gallery6

After very successful exhibitions in Dubai and Lahore, Maliha Hashmi, a fashion designer, brings her “decorative mirrors” to Islamabad. Maliha designs exclusive collection of bridal wear and 22 K gold jewellery. Her imaginative conceptualization led to development of decorative mirrors influenced by the decorative arts of the Muslim world. This particular collection is a tribute to the fabulous masterpieces of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. The design ethos ranges from the pietra dura mosaics of Mughal architecture to the illuminations that decorate ancient Quranic scripts and opulent Kashmiri shawls. Every piece is painstakingly researched, sketched and lovingly handcrafted. This ensures that each product is a one of a kind piece of art for your home.

A two-day exhibition of decorative mirrors by Islamabad-based fashion designer Maliha Hashmi opens at gallery6 today (Saturday).

Maliha’s imaginative conceptualisation of bridal wear and gold jewellery, which she has been designing for the last 15 years, has inspired her to explore new avenues of creativity. Titled ‘Three Empires,’ the exhibition offers a catchy collection of decorative mirrors that are influenced by decorative art of the Muslim world.

Maliha has been designing mirrors since 2008, and has held two shows, one in Dubai in 2011 and the other in Lahore in 2012. Both were very well-received by visitors, giving her the encouragement to carry on the work further. This particular collection is a tribute to the fabulous masterpieces of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires.

The design ethos ranges from the pietra dura mosaics of Mughal architecture to the illuminations that decorate ancient Qur’aanic scripts and opulent Kashmiri shawls. Every piece is painstakingly researched, sketched and lovingly handcrafted.

One sees a lot of variety used in decoration of mirrors. For example, one mirror titled ‘Illumination’ shows exquisite silk thread embroidery with patterns inspired by age-old art of Qur’aanic illumination. Another titled ‘Iznik’ reflects inspiration from antique Iznik tiles in which mirror is accented with Lapus Lazuli and turquoise drop.

There is ‘Designs of Desire’ with aqua handloom silk having intricate scrolling foliage pattern inspired by mid 16th century Dutch dagger sheaths. ‘Europa’ shows the strong influence of Georgian England on the design aesthetics of the Indian sub-continent in which the patterns are inspired by antique wallpapers and tapestries. ‘Kashmir Green’ is a slim accent mirror highlighting the paisley pattern used extensively in Kashmiri shawls. Hence, each mirror is a unique piece of art. The mirrors will be on display on January 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(TheNews)

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