Hi All About Sana readers! How are you this Sunday? I am having the most beautiful time because California is experiencing its spring that most state residents take for granted. While Californians are known for their “devil may care” carefree attitude, they are also famous for wanting to spend most of their days outdoors. While I love the great outdoors myself I usually go outside to spend time indoors in a restaurant, movie theater or a Starbucks.
Today I wanted to do something fun that will bring a lot of joy to many people. And it has a lot to do with the beautiful country of Pakistan. Pakistan is guilty of living inside its own bubble and having an idiosyncratic culture that many find elusive and charming at the same time. You do need to know that Pakistan loves tourism as long as local laws are respected. It is always wise to listen to your consulate’s advisory before even booking a flight to and hotel in Pakistan. As I have mentioned earlier I recommend flying into the city of Islamabad and planning the rest of the trip around the city. I personally have never visited the State Of Afghanistan or the State of India. I have visited and lived in the provinces of Kashmir aka northern areas, Punjab, and Sindh. It is truly a beautiful country with beautiful people inside out. Just don’t overstay your welcome.
As spring has already taken place in Pakistan, I have composed a post that introduces the world to a Pakistani fabric and celebrates the colors of spring and Pakistani culture. Susi ki kapra has Afghani roots. One of my aunts who hails from the State of Afghanistan brought this woven fabric for all the females in the family after she returned from a trip in 1989. Susi is one of the most beautiful fabrics you will find in the world and is often confused as originating from the province of Sindh which it is not. The fabric is from Afghanistan 😉 Susi ka kapra’s look is famous for being only colorful and striped. Tourists and locals marvel at the creativity of the color selection in each weave. And remember to support authentic shops in Afghanistan and Sindh selling sustainable and ethical Susi ka kapra (Fabric from the Susi – the name of the loom machine) only.
Colors Of Susi Ka Kapra
Because of the beautiful State of Afghanistan every color is cherished everywhere in the Indian Subcontinent. I can safely say that the use of colors there is unlike any other region in the world. While Mughals liked some colors and Nawabs loved whites and pastels it is the Shahi’s of Pakistan that love color and color interplay. If you need an expert on the matter you can find me or stop my first cousin and the hottest Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor who is an expert in color interplay of the Indian Subcontinent.
It all started with a tea party that night at our house with a guest list that included our big immediate family. Even my famous maternal grandfather, the honored Albert Einstein was there with his wife honored Elsa. It was with his help that Kareena brainstormed all the Pakistani colors she can think of and I divided all the Pakistani colors into three colors. We assigned pink to the State of Afghanistan, orange to the provinces of Pakistan, and green to the State of India. Truly all the colors you see in Pakistan are derived from these three colors! Do you think Pakistanis would limit ourselves and not include blues? Of course not! That is why we assigned blues to foreigners as all the colors we saw on them were blue based (check HERE).
I recommend you watch the following three videos on YouTube to understand what colors mean to the entire country of Pakistan. If you miss me during watching these videos remember I have written and composed these songs for these women so you will not get lost in translation: Fevicol Se (see HERE), Halkat Jawani (see HERE), and Munni Badnaam Hui (see HERE). Enjoy 🙂
Mughal Or Nawabi Bottoms You Should Know
Traditional Shalwar: Shalwar is the part of the national dress of Pakistan. Our great founder, my great grandfather, Muhammed Jinnah is famous for wearing this Shahi bottom during national official trips to show his pride in the country he and Mahatma Gandhi CREATED. Three new silhouettes have been deconstructed from the Traditional Shalwar known as the Tulip shalwar, the Bubble shalwar, and the Patiala shalwar.
Churi Daar Pajama: This bottom was favored by the nawabs of Pakistan the most. While the Mughals preferred looser fitting bottoms, the nawabs loved the smugness of the Churi Daar Pajama. A Susi Ka Kapra made in a Churi Daar Pajama (the pajama that has folds resembling glass bangles) can look beautiful with a simple tunic. You do not wear a dupatta with Susi ka kapra and you only make Susi ka kapra bottoms.
Izar Pants or Straight Pajama: These bottom silhouettes were favored by all Mughal kings. The Susi ka kapra is light and may require embroidery at the hem of the Izar pants but, this technical knowledge won’t be needed with a Susi ka kapra straight pajama.
Lengha or Gharara: These two silhouettes are a little modern for Susi ka kapra. A paneled Susi ka kapra lengha has a lot of potentials. While I keep the choli or top plain I would advise against making a dupatta. For the Susi ka kapra gharara include gota embroidery.
Pallazos, Gharara Pants, or Dhaka Pajama: If you like to adopt some Bangladeshi bottom silhouettes in your spring and summer wardrobe look into these three pajama silhouettes.