The rich culture and traditions of Balochistan displayed at Lok Mela is the centre of attraction for visitors to enjoy the arts and crafts of the province along with the display of cultural materials of other provinces.
The organizers have allocated a spacious place for all the provinces for showcasing their indigenous folk culture in a creative and interactive manner.
The Balochistan pavilion set up by the Balochistan Culture Department catches the visitor’s eye with the presentation of the richness of Balochi culture, arts, crafts, rituals, traditions, cuisine and folk entertainment.
The Balochistan pavilion is located at the centre of the festival grounds. The entrance of the pavilions welcomes visitors through the beautifully designed gates showing typical Balochi culture and architecture, it feels that they are in Balochistan.
The Balochi pavilion is marked with various crafts including wooden boat making, embroidery, wood work, peesh (basketry) work, bead work, traditional shoe making, jewellery making, leather embroidery, khaddar weaving.
Among them, female craftswoman in embroidery Kaneez Fatima, 48, is an educated lady. She stands out not only for her excellence but also for her tireless propagation of this traditional art by imparting it to future generations. Some of her apprentices have reached high professional levels while practicing their art. She has been participating in Lok Mela for the last 23 years and was awarded several times with cash prizes and certificates.
While visiting the festival, one cannot ignore the enticing and mouthwatering smell of traditional Balochistan Sajji. It is the specialty of this mountainous region of Balochistan. It consists of chicken or sometimes whole lamb, in wooden skewers, marinated only in salt and roasted around burning coals for several hours. Residents of Rawalpindi-Islamabad are thronging to the Balochi food daily appreciating its unique taste.