Pakistani clothing company Generation has found a clever way to remind us how much textile art can demonstrate the richness of culture. Their textile map of Pakistan, which uses native embroidery techniques to mark different regions, has become a viral sensation, with more than 20,000 shares on Twitter.
From traditional Swati embroidery to the balochi taanka stitch, the map is a beautifully visual way to explore Pakistan’s cultural heritage. And this isn’t the first textile map to catch our eye. Generations may have been inspired by Craftsvilla, India’s largest online ethnic store, which put out their “fabric tour of India” several months ago. Using a similar concept, the map explores different hand-woven textiles by Indian state.
And if you really want to delve into things, Craftsvilla also breaks out each state and its respective textile, giving a little historical insight across the country. Certainly, both maps are a good reminder of how traditional textiles and textile art help shape culture across different countries.