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Exhibition Program: Textile Economies in Pakistan

Woman embroidering
Woman embroidering as part of the Nabha Foundation Phulkari Project


Meet some of the women of SABAH Pakistan who are featured in the exhibition Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia. SABAH Pakistan is an organization that provides women embroiderers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region with skills training and retail spaces where they can sell their work at fair prices. In this online program, the organization's leaders Samina Khan and Asma Rajiv,  SABAH textile artist Gohar Sajid, and GW's Deepa Ollapally, whose research includes domestic and foreign policy in India, come together for a discussion of textile economies in South Asia. The discussion will be moderated by exhibition curator Cristin McKnight Sethi.

About the Exhibition

Artists, cooperatives, and workshops across Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan are creating new textile designs inspired by centuries-old traditions. Organized by GW art history professor Cristin McKnight Sethi, Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia shares artist stories alongside vibrant examples of handmade saris, scarves, and other garments. Opening date to be announced.


Samina Khan, founder of SABAH Pakistan

Asma Rajiv, founding member and member of the board of directors, SABAH Pakistan  

Gohar Sajiid, artist with SABAH Pakistan, and exhibition artist 

Deepa Ollapally, associate director for the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs

Cristin McKnight Sethi, assistant professor of art history at GW (moderator)

How to Participate

To participate, simply sign up here, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the discussion on Zoom. 

About the Series

In this three-part virtual series, meet the artists and organizers featured in the exhibition Handmade: Creating Textiles in South Asia through dynamic conversations moderated by curator Cristin McKnight Sethi and faculty from GW. This series is a collaboration with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at 's Elliott School of International Affairs. Browse upcoming programs