Noton ka haar, the craft of making currency garlands, was a fun workshop for all of us. It was familiar because it is used in our traditional culture. We have seen those haar in our various ceremonies but never made them by ourselves. So, it was a wonderful experience to learn how.
An expert craft person held a workshop at the Karachi University Department of Visual Studies with the fine art programme students. The workshop involved learning the traditional garland making techniques using currency notes. The students later designed and innovated their own garlands following the techniques acquired in the workshop.
The 12 students who participated in the workshop will now teach visitors to the State Bank Museum. Other students will have the opportunity to use the technique or research it further for their thesis.
As the students are part of the fine art programme, they can think about further introducing the skills learned in their own art practices.