Hi guys and a happy Tuesday to you! I hope you are having a great week so far and getting a lot accomplished at work and at home! I have a busy day planned today and I will tell you all about it another day.
Today, I wanted to do a piece on my series “Fabric Wars”. It’s been a while that I wrote on this topic so I thought to change the pace a little, and bring an old twist to my blog posts. If interested, my older post in this series is available HERE. In this post, I will cover the fabrics used by Bunto Kazmi in her bridals and formals. Bunto Kazmi is a highly well-known designer who designs for daughters of industrialists and Pakistan aristocracy. It is rare even to see her designs on Pakistani celebrities. If you want to learn more about her, read my post HERE. So here we go….
With Pakistani bridals, the fabrics used are 50% responsible for how the overall bridal dress looks and feels, the rest is embroidery. Whenever we have gone shopping for bridals (or formal outfits), we ask about the fabric to ensure the best quality is used. This ensures the look, durability, and longevity of the whole dress.
Bunto Kazmi uses the highest quality of fabrics in her designs. One of the fabrics she recently used, and this is a rare sight, is French Net. French Net, as the name alludes, is a premium quality net that comes from France. There is French Lace and Chantilly Lace as well, which is used by other Pakistani designers as Farah Talib Aziz. A great online business “French Lace” (See HERE) is a place to start if you are shopping for high-quality French lace and net. You can stitch sarees, veils, bridal dresses (any seamstresses in the house?), and even Eastern clothes with these materials. It looks truly beautiful. I have seen French lace in person. My mom owns a black and red saree that my father bought when they were newlyweds, and my sister and I both covet it. French Net is a great option for bridals because it is durable enough for heavy bridals. If you are getting a dress from Bunto Kazmi, consider this fabric. See an example below:
Another fabric that is more commonly used by Bunto Kazmi is silk. Silk is used everywhere in Pakistani bridals and formals; it is truly a go-to fabric for Pakistani weddings since it is regarded as one of the most luxurious fabric in the world and is derived from the from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae. There are many forms of silk available in the market, there is China silk/Pure silk, synthetic silk, and combinations of both. It is of utmost importance that pure silk is used in bridals because the level of embroidery that goes on it, we do not want to risk snagging the fabric.
A fabric that Bunto Kazmi uses frequently and is a personal preference of mine is tissue or Lame. Lame is a woven fabric using flat silver or gold metal threads. It is usually gold or silver in color but can be dyed as well. I have seen a rare pink and copper color used in Bunto Kazmi bridals. Lamé comes in different varieties, depending on the composition of the other threads in the fabric. Common examples are tissue lamé, hologram lamé and pearl lamé. Not every designer can work with this fabric, because of its susceptibility to slippage. It takes real craftsmanship to handle a fabric like Lame and do embroidery on it. The whole effect is modern, subtle, yet classic.
Even though chiffon is not the most favorite among Pakistani brides, her label uses it on occasion. Since Pakistani markets have a plethora of synthetic chiffons available, it is not fancied as it is used to be. However, pure chiffon is quite expensive than its other counterparts and is a light, airy fabric to wear on a hot Pakistani summer night or if you prefer a lot of fluidity and movement in some aspect of your dress.
Well guys, I hope you learned something about Pakistani bridals here. Please consider the season you are getting married in and your personal preference for your overall look when deciding on a fabric for your bridal (or formal).