Nominee of Fakhr-e-Pakhtunkhwa Almas Khanam hopes more women from her village would join the field of art

Interview By Sana Gul

Women have produced art throughout history, their work, however, goes unnoticed particularly in a conservative environment such as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Almas Khanam is one such individual, who hails from a small village named Aryankot Dargai in Malakand Division. The young artist has lived through the worst form of repression in her native land during Mullah Fazalullah’s rule, which is best known for public beatings and thunderous radio sermons — in which the mercurial cleric denounced polio vaccinations, among other topics.

Khanam, a female embroidery artist and sculptor, uses simple cotton threads to weave portraits of popular figures on a fine mesh strainer. So far, the young artist has created the delicate portraits of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Bacha Khan,Manzoor Pashteen and even Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai who was shot during the peak of insurgency in Swat.

She had just passed Matric and got admission in local high secondary School from where she hails.

A month ago Ambassador Atif Mashal Saib presented her with a letter of appreciation from the Embassy of Afghanistan and the government appreciated her artistic endeavors.

In an interview with Pukhtun Nama Almas said that Art and artists are the representatives of love and peace. If an artist wants, he can do alot to spread love and peace through his artististic skills.

” I make portraits of our Pashtun National Heroes on sieve for which I have been selected for Fakhr-e- Pakhtunkhwa award. So I dedicate this award to those Heroes of Pashtun Nation” she added

Sana Gul has interviewed Ms.Almas Khanam.

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