Swat is More Valuable to Our Culture Than We Know
The Swat Valley, often also called the paradise of Pakistan dates to 2000 years ago when it was part of the Buddhist kingdom of Gandhara. In late 2007, the self-governing state of Swat became a part of Pakistan.
Swat is the hub of an uncanny lifestyle, the unique fashion choices and the growth of modernity in the area through culture and the use of ceramics. To further explore this rich and historical site, international archeologists have finally launched a series of research studies in Swat.
Italian archaeologists have paired up with the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan (ISMEO) and the KP Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. They are decidedly going to research on and study the technology, use of different materials, the modes of ceramics, use of stone beads to make ornaments, bangles, glass, and several other local materials.
The use of these items ranges all the way to the time when Kushanas used to occupy Swat.
From the University of Padova in Italy, Prof. Ivana Angelini accompanied by Cinzia Bettineschi have established groundwork to research Swat’s technology and trade. They have expressed an interest in wanting to explore and comprehend how the craftsmanship of the Swati people has evolved.
The materials being produced by local artisans in Swat show various colors, shapes, and use of intricate technology in the making of their jewelry. The use of beads in products such as bangles, several researchers in the past observed how their refraction of light also evolved with time giving each product a unique look.
The researcher said, “Gandharan beads, especially from Swat, have never been scientifically and comprehensively studied before. Thus, this study will shed light on a presently unexplored chapter of Gandharan archaeology,” he said.
While several researchers have undertaken the beads in Swat, two others will explore the use of mud in the ceramics of the area. The epicenter of their research lies in Aligrama Swat. This site was excavated for 17 years between 1966 and 1983.
Swat is a cultural hub with reserves from the Buddhist kingdom still preserved in various parts of the valley. Apart from its scenic beauty, it is a sight to behold even as a community and through the products being manufactured.