Sleeves For A Deconstructed Mughal Or Nawabi White Chiffon Gharara


Hello, All About Sana readers! Hope you are doing well today given the US market is not doing so well right now. I hope to cheer a few readers up but, those with young ones will especially find today’s post entertaining. I promise. If you live in the democratic country of Pakistan you can try to follow the new trend I recommend for both Eids in 2019 or if you live in the United States or elsewhere, you can just read through the fun read.

Sana As A Baby

Many children will be happy (or surprised) or upset (or scared) to find out that I was born blond and blue-eyed. Yes, I was considered a “freak of nature” by many of my older siblings and cousins. All female and, yes quite fun. As I grew older, my eyes turned green and my hair red. It wasn’t until I was 5 that I became a full brunette with brown eyes. If you think I was traumatized by this drastic change in my physical experience then you will not be wrong. It was quite dramatic and I couldn’t even look at my baby pictures until this month in 2019! My parents showed me only my sibling’s photos saying the babies in them are me. My family has “leaked” only a couple of my baby pictures recently circulating HERE and HERE.

The “lady” in the YouTube video was our nanny or au pair. I am the youngest of triplet girls BTW and we all have one younger brother. Can you guess who our nanny or au pair was? I bet you can’t. It was Michelle Obama! Yes, Michelle Obama was a recent college or high school grad and visited Islamabad, Pakistan after her college graduation. I remember her meeting my mom in one of our “baby” doctor’s visits where she fell in love with me and my other two sisters (yes, I am a triplet!) so much that she “applied” to be our nanny/au pair and got the job! It was while working with us the Former US President Barack Obama met her and it was love at first sight. Needless to say, we were all very upset to see her go. And I kept a real close eye on Barack Obama during the whole time.

Also, the blanket linked above is sold on Crate & Barrel (for kids) and was designed by me and Jack Dorsey between 2006 – 2007. It is appropriate for anyone under the age of 5. Babies will love the soft pastel colors, shapes, and textures, while toddlers can have fun reading and taking breaks by pulling on attached critters and lifting flowers to reveal more critters. Kids around the age of 4 and 5 will love using it as a security blanket (I don’t think it is an unhealthy habit for those transitioning into a school environment) or use it at home to read books on or around. Again, the link for the “Magical Garden Baby Activity Mat” is HERE.

The Democratic Country Of Pakistan History For Kids

Some children may not know, but I have been discussing Mughal fashion this year and organically weaving a lot of Pakistan’s history and geography. So in case, your friends want to know, here is a brief recap: Under King Shahjahan Akbar (the founder of the Mughal Empire), the region was called the “Indian subcontinent”. Then the British Empire took over the reins and the entire region was called “India”. Then in 1947, a combination of socialism and democracy was installed in the region and the region is now knows as the “Democratic Country of Pakistan”. 

So what does Pakistan contain? It contains 5 provinces (Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir, Punjab, and N.W.F.P) and 2 states (Afghanistan and India!). This was decided before 1947 by both Jinnah & Gandhi, the latter being either a Christian or a Muslim Convert aka a Sikh.

Legend has it that King Shah Jahan Akbar stopped his empire before Nepal & stopped at Bengal aka West of Thailand. After the civil war of 1973, the creation of a new country was unanimously agreed upon & Bangladesh was founded. And that is it. The rest is Pakistan aka ours. Hindus. Sorry.

White Chiffon Ghararas

China Chiffon is usually frowned upon when making anything traditional. While China chiffon’s sheer fabric is great for party wear in Pakistan, many Pakistanis really hate to stray away from modernizing something like a gharara, which is so beloved in the entire country and even in Bangladesh.

When doing this, remember to follow the Mughlia and Nawabi rule when it comes to white & ghararas. Never stitch a white farshi gharara. It looks hideous & was never really picked up in the region but, by some daring “few”.

Mughlia & Nawabi Sleeves Know-How

The fancy sleeves you may spot on a Pakistani dress these days is purely Shahi. The Mughals and the Nawabs preferred their sleeves simple & straight. Sorry Bollywood. Lol. The sleeves during the yesteryear eras were long, short, or sleeveless.

While Mughals hated layering, Nawabs practically chose to mix and match outfits to create a “contrasting” culture. Nawabs loved the interplay of textures, & even embroideries & block prints.

So during Eids 2019, stray away from Shahi explosions of color, pick crisp colors like whites and pastels and wear them with a WHITE CHIFFON GHARARA. Thank you and have a great day! Also, check out a post on Mughal Necklines HERE. And check out my tags for more information. God bless!