Governor inaugurates Pashmina Art Exhibition releases book ‘6 Times Thinner’

Governor inaugurates Pashmina Art Exhibition releases book ‘6 Times Thinner’

JAMMU: Governor N.N.Vohra inaugurated Babar Afzal’s “Pashmina Art Exhibition” and released his book “6 TIMES THINNER”. This event was organ­ized by the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art Cul­ture and Languages (JKAACL) at the Abhinav Thea­tre, here on Wednesday.
Appreciating the innovative idea of using pash­mina fabric as a medium to paint, weave and embroi­der, Vohra complimented Afzal for his ingenuity in meaningfully and aesthetically highlighting the pashmina goat and its rare soft wool which is used for producing valuable shawls and garments, prized the world over.
He lauded the artist’s efforts to highlight in an al­together unique manner, the centuries old tradition of pashmina craft, which is a hallmark of Jammu &Kashmir. He observed that the artist’s decision to become a Pashmina Goat Shepherd after leaving a lucrative corporate job in the Silicon Valley should serve as an inspiration to the youth of the State to come forward and make meaningful contribution to the growth and development of the areas to which they belong.
The Governor observed that there is no dearth of talent among the youth of J&K and exhorted them to remain focused and work hard to achieve their aspi­rations.
Governor congratulated Afzal for writing a book to record his experiences of working as a Pashmina Goat Shepherd and gaining the traditional wisdom of goatmen for the preservation of the pashmina eco­system in India.
Member of Parliament, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who was the special guest on the occasion, lauded the efforts and talent of Afzal in preservation of Pashmi­na goat and projection of pashmina art throughout the world.
Earlier, Afzal presented a brief account of his book. He elaborated the title of his book “6 Times Thinner” which indicates the thickness of the pash­mina strand being 6 times thinner than the human hair and shared his experiences about working as a shepherd.
Secretary JKAACL, Dr Aziz Hajini presented the Welcome address and Additional Secretary, JKAACL, Dr Arvinder Singh Aman, gave away a formal Vote of Thanks.
Many dignitaries including civil servants, au­thors, writers, artists and students were among those present on the occasion.

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