Pakistan is known for three things: fashion, food, and their scenic views. This winter break, I got the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Karachi, Pakistan. Karachi is a city with many spectacular features. As every tourist says, the food is unbelievably delicious, the sunsets and sunrises at seaview are breathtakingly beautiful, and the design district brings fashion to a whole new level. The intricate details of the traditional Pakistani “Shalwar kameez” is what makes it stand out from other cultures. From the fabrics to the hand embroidery, every piece is unique and showcases why it is a staple piece in Pakistani culture.
Designing an outfit in Pakistan is an experience that is unforgettable. From choosing the fabric at the Rabi Centre to strutting along the bazaars in Sudder, I was able to customize the different laces, buttons, and embellishments to complete the outfit. Every inch of the traditional gown can be handpicked, which is what makes this experience one of a kind to many. During the wedding season, brides from abroad travel to Pakistan to design their bridal gowns from scratch. Every single detail, down to the color of thread that is used for the embroidery, is chosen by the bride for the fraction of the price. Every individual feature used to create a traditional ensemble has been handcrafted by local Pakistanis. This is one of the reasons I wear these clothes with pride. It was made by people who genuinely understand and care for every aspect of our unique culture.
After personalizing the outfit, another essential part of the attire is the jewelry. Pakistanis are known to showcase extravagant gold. Individuals head over to Tariq Road to select jhumkey (earrings), mala’s (necklaces), teeka (headpieces), and chooriyan (bangles). These four accessories complete the full Pakistani traditional look.
Karachi, Pakistan holds many phenomena, but the design district has definitely been one to capture the heart. Shopping in Karachi has been one of the most special experiences in my life because every single passing moment is meaningful and sentimental. Immersing yourself in your own culture can be difficult but when the culture is this lively and colorful, it makes it well worth it.
All photos by Rubab Ali