The construction work of the building of Kalasha-Dur began in 2001 and it was fully complete in 2005.
One of the main targets of Kalasha-Dur , apart from other functions, was a place where a number of collected objects could be displayed. Most of the objects had been collected by the members of the N.G.O “Greek Volunteers”.
The “Greek Volunteers” had been performing in the Kalasha valleys since 1995, doing developmental work which mostly applied to the improvement of the conditions of Health and Education of the inhabitants of the Kalasha Valleys.
ETHNOLOGICAL COLLECTION OF THE KALASHA CULTURE AND THE WIDER HINDU KUSH AREA
The Ethnological collection of the Kalasha culture and the wider hindu kush area is housed on the ground floor of the West wing of Kalasha-Dur, the Kalasha Cultural Centre. The members of the “Greek Volunteers” noticed from the beginning of their activities in the valleys, that many tradesmen and chapman from the big cities of Pakistan, would visit the Kalasha Valleys with a view to buy their traditional objects or to exchange them with modern ones. ( For example, they would offer a plastic pot to take their wood curved household utensils). As a result, their traditional objects went to the antique shops of the urban centres of Pakistan and from there to private collections in Pakistan or other countries abroad.
Since those years had already left the most typical objects of the Kalasha Tradition. The New Kalasha Generation would never see the traditional objects of their ancestors. This caused a lot of worry and anxiety to the members of the “Greek Volunteers” and was the reason to start buying objects, clothes, and other typical staff so that they will not go out of the valleys. Their foremost aim was all these objects to be exhibited in an Ethnological Museum some time in future so that the next generations can see and learn about the life of their ancestors.
Later, when the Kalasha Dur was being constructed the number of the collected objects started to increase, not only from what they bought but also from many offerings from the Kalasha people – inhabitants of the Kalasha valleys to their Museum. The members of the “Greek Volunteers" would also enrich their collection buying traditional utensils and other objects which had left from the settlements of the Hindu Kush, from the antique shops of Chitral and Peshawar.
Today, there are about 1,300 objects exhibited in the show cases of the Museum which are of Ethnological interest from the Kalasha Tradition and from the traditions of the wider Hindu Kush area.
The objects have been listed as follows:
- Traditional, woolen, handmade Kalasha attire ( dresses, hats, belts, shoes,etc) .
- Wood curved, clay and metal household utensils.
- Musical instruments.
- Wood curved parts from Kalasha temples.
- Wood curved Kalasha statues.
- Wood curved columns from houses and verandahs of the wider Hindu Kush area.
- Among the exhibits there are also two wood curved models of a Kalasha temple and a verandah of the Hindu Kush area.
- A Kalasha traditional House has also been transferred and rebuilt into the Museum along with its full household equipment.