Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will host a free lecture and exhibit on "Colors of Diversity: The Ethnic Dresses of Iran" from 11 to 13 October 2017 at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The exhibit will open at 12 noon and will be followed by the lecture. The event is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to sign up. 


Although the majority of Iranians are Persian, Iran has a diverse population of ethnic groups, each with their own language, tradition, and clothes—all of which shape the country’s rich cultural tapestry. Women’s clothes are strong identifiers of regional and ethnic groups. People can differentiate which groups they belong to based on the colorful fabrics, embroidered patterns, decorative jewelry, and style of the traditional dresses of Iran. The exhibit will showcase the collection of Ms. Shahin Ebrahimzadeh Pezeshki, famous artist and expert in traditional Iranian dressmaking. Her collection features traditional dresses from different cities of Iran. 


In her lecture, Ms. Pezeshki will talk about her work—the art and culture behind it—and provide some overview on ethnic dresses vis-a-vis Iranian society. 


Ms. Shahin Ebrahimzadeh Pezeshki is an artist and researcher in the Iranian Art of Traditional sewing. She is the author of "Seven Standards in Teaching Needle Sewing and Classic Decoration of Today’s Modern Dresses," and is an expert on Sormeh sewing, needle sewing, Iranian silk sewing, and the modern methods of sewing with native designs. Her work has travelled the world over, exhibited in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Kenya, Spain, England, and Romania. 


This free exhibit is organized by the UP Asian Center; The Cultural Center, Islamic Republic of Iran; and the Philippine-Iran Cultural and Scientific Society (PICCS). 


For directions, please view this vicinity map and a Google Street View map. Inquiries may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here