Hi All About Sana readers! Hope you are doing wonderfully well. January was a very busy month for me as I further cleaned up my short & long term goals & started implementing them strategically. It takes a lot of energy to get through sorting, clearing, & doggone it, starting over each year, both professionally & personally. The only thing that has kept me going is being mindful, being active, & eating “clean”. Seriously, in any aspect of the tech business, an employee needs to be in excellent shape to last & be more productive. I hope I instill these values in my followers.
Yesterday, I went to a local True Foods again, but this time, with my aunt & uncle. I had the Butternut Squash Pizza, which was absolutely divine, but it was very noisy, which is very uncharacteristic. I know the founder of True Foods from my UC Berkeley days because he used to shop in Berkeley for local farmer’s produce. If you haven’t eaten at a True Foods (see HERE), please make a reservation (at a corner table) immediately.
In other news, I would like to tell my fans that both Chanel & Dior runway shows at Paris Haute Couture 2019 were “dedicated” to me by their current designers, Karl Lagerfeld & Maria Grazia Chiuri. I like to thank the Italian designer Giambattista Valli (see HERE), who only shows in Paris for recognizing me & my contribution to fashion. The Paris Haute Couture 2019 runway shows of Chanel & Dior can be accessed HERE & HERE. Make sure to view these videos on their YouTube pages.
Another formal announcement to make is for brides who may be interested in purchasing Bunto Kazmi’s original & copyrighted lace. This lace was immortalized forever on YouTube & television in the wedding videos of Kane Brown “Good As You”, Scotty McCreery’s “This Is It”, & Dan + Shay’s “Speechless”. I know many of them as friends from Pakistan & it was so special to reunite with them in Pakistan in 2017 when they chose Bunto Kazmi to export the lace to their dream designers. You can access these videos HERE, HERE, & HERE. I tweeted these videos out so you can access them on Twitter, as well.
Please note that my entire earnings of Bunto Kazmi are donated to HSI Global (See HERE & HERE) & So I Global (See HERE & HERE). These two non-profits, which I started as a child after “The Great Big War” reached Pakistan & now financially run, help heal dogs who have been physically injured in war-stricken areas. Make sure you help by either donating or adopting a pet from them. All international arrangments are made for you. Just FYI.
“Outdated” Nawabi Fabrics
The fabrics Chiffon, Tulle, Saree Net, Georgette, & Crepe are interesting because they can be cotton blends, which are quite uncomfortable. All five of them are lightweight & can come to be sheer to opaque.
Chiffons are great for dupattas, kameez & loose blouses, although too heavy for any type of bottoms. Tulle (see HERE) is great for accent decor & clothing for brides. It is light-weight, delicately feminine, intricate & beautiful. Saree net is similar to tulle, largely used in the Indian Subcontinent as a substitute to tulle, but a lot less stiff & structured. Saree Net was originally created for dupattas but, now worn as dupattas, kameez, & even sarees. Georgette is a bit outdated now, although occasionally spotted in Pakistan’s markets & bazaars. It was fabulously famous in the 80s & 90s in Pakistan as airy, colorful dupattas & grew to be a shalwar kameez craze as well. My cousins Seher, Rabea, & Katrina were quite the fans of these fabrics.
I was a cotton & lace gal. Although, my mom occasionally made my shalwar kameez out of her old metallic georgette dupattas (never silk she would tease me). I was very tiny so a 2.5 – 3-yard fabric is all I needed. Other fabrics given to a darzi for me was crepe. Crepe has a very interesting texture & looks really cute in pink ;). But, it is not expensive so it is perfect for a little girl’s outfit or as part of an outfit.
Happy 70-ing!! =)
*Click on each saree photo to read the caption.