With the age of computers, iPhones and tablets, simply writing with a pen has become uncommon for some of us. Nowadays, even greeting cards can be personalized online and shipped straight to the recipient. There is little need to write letters when we have the power of email at our fingertips.

As advancements in technology flourish, old art forms such as calligraphy become “vintage” and somehow forgotten. Nonetheless, very little has changed in the tools required to create this art. The pen, or qalam in Arabic, can still be made from either reeds or bamboo – with the ends cut at an angle to form the nib. The nib is then dipped in ink and used to write on paper.

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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