\u201cAlice came to a fork in the road. \u2018Which road do I take?\u2019 she asked.\n\u2018Where do you want to go?\u2019 responded the Cheshire Cat.\n\u2018I don\u2019t know,\u2019 Alice answered.\n\u2018Then,\u2019 said the Cat, \u2018it doesn\u2019t matter.\u201d\n\u2015 Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland \nBut our artist in the early-mid 1900s from the Hazara region wanted to go everywhere.\nHow was she supposed to choose? So, she decided to NOT choose.\nShe used BOTH.\nWhat luxury \u2013 to have your cake and eat it too!\nI am talking about a dilemma she must have faced when she was faced with two options of techniques to make her shawl pretty \u2013 block printing and embroidery.\nAnd she decided to employ both techniques!\nThe unusual thing about this though, that block printing is not at all common in this region.\nSo this must have been an experiment and a fairly new innovation as can be seen from the roughness of the print.\nPresenting here \u2013 the ONLY block print PLUS embroidery example that I have seen from the Swat / Hazara / North West Frontier Province area.\nThe print is used to define the borders of the motifs and then the rest is filled in using thread.\nBut black thread embroidery is also used to create borders instead of using yet another time-saving block. Maybe blocks were expensive and used only for the main motifs?\n \nThis is so unusual and rare!\nThere have got to be more textiles out there of this type \u2013 for once the investment in a block has been made, it is used over hundred of prints. If you come across any, do share the pics & the info!\nSee more photos of the shawl on WOVENSOULS.COM in the Textile Gallery.\njm\nMarch 2014\nart, art innovation, block print, embroidery, folk art, hazara textile, innovation in art, khaddar, NWFP textile, print embroidery, silk embroidery, Swat textile, textile art, woman artist.\nTo choose or not to choose\nThe post To Choose or to Not Choose! Innovation in Swat Hazara Textiles appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.