Artist on a Mission to Show his Unique Talent on Tote Bags

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Amir Ali aims to extend his art work by showing his colorful skills on tote bags.

Karachi: Pakistan’s traditional art has made its way into popular culture, moving beyond on small piece of paper to everyday lifestyle. Today, this colorful and elaborate form of art is not just seen on papers, but everywhere. And there is one artist who has dabbled in all forms of tote bag art from normal paper to wall art.

Looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement of the subject is my process. The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of the conspicuous to capture its unique self. Some of my subjects are quite beautiful, others less so. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.” Amir shared.

Amir is making his art interesting by giving the touch of Sufism


Amir Ali is one of Karachi’s finest tote bag artists. From painting paper to oil paint, black and white, tote bag art and wall art, he has painted them all with the touch of Sufism as well. Amir has even shown the culture of Sindh and Punjab in his art and also added some calligraphy in his art collection, attracting massive appreciation from the art lovers.

Showing his skills in café bogie restaurant


Amir Ali painted his first art at the age of 18 and since then, he has painted on too many things and on too many places, from canvases to tote bags, walls to some restaurants in Karachi, like Café Bogie restaurants and other as well.

Amir Ali has been making these type of arts since he was 18 years


Amir grew up in the North Nazimabad of Karachi, passionately painting since the age of about 18 years, and learned himself by capturing different things and tried in his art. Amir Ali’s home is also his art studio where he shows his colorful skills with teaching some students as well, he is the only one in the family who loves the art, but his children don’t want to continue his legacy because of other interests.

The 50-year-old artist, who spent much of his life creating different art, told us that, for him, tote bag art is meant to show “his unique talent to the world.” He continued that “This art is a passion, and he doesn’t want to leave it out, that’s why, he is continuing his passion as a part time source of income.”

Sharing one of his biggest achievements, Amir said that he called from Islamabad and Lahore with his art for the exhibition at national level. He also said that he was awarded from Sadequain art gallery, in an exhibition, that was one of the most memorable and proud moments for him and his family.” The award was given by the chief guest of that exhibition Fatima Surayya Bajia, who was an Urdu novelist, play and drama writer from Pakistan.

The artist relates his art with the life of villages of Pakistan


Amir has travelled to Lahore and Islamabad with his art to show his capabilities. Amir also teaches different type of arts to young artists at Hamdard medical college and also does at his home, fostering their curiosity and imagination.

In 2016, he showed his skills at tote bags when he suddenly realized to do something unique at his residence in Karachi. With this, he aims to open his art galleries all over the Karachi, highlighting Pakistan’s cultural identity and revive the traditional art by encouraging both digital and conventional skills, if government of Pakistan shows some interest towards the art” he shared.

The writer and editor are BBA Student at IQRA UNIVERSITY and can be reached out at the following Gmail:



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