Dreaming of showcasing the softer face of their nation mired in misconception, the Pakistani council planned to host a Fashion Week in a fundamentalist Islamic Nation. Brimming with hope and ideas, braving bombs, barricades and bureaucracy they kept their talents together and tradition alive. Carrying the onus of creating a sustainable livelihood for millions of embroiders and tailors, dyers, print makers others affiliated with the textile and design industry
Every season their dreams turned to dust, continuing to sign MOU’s with other councils waiting in anticipation for D-Day, keeping their young designers fired, honing their talent, shinning their armoury behind close door preparing for D-Day. November 5th, I witnessed a culmination of all those efforts and energies, wordlessly visible on the ramps of Karachi. Outside rangers and check posts were visible reminders of reality; as the Taliban strikes continue with bombs exploding around.