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FPW Day 2: Traditional craftsmanship takes centre stage on the final day

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Dedicating a platform to showcase traditional craft may encourage more designers to sustain village craftsmen and women. 28 MALIHA REHMAN UPDATED FEB 24, 2017 08:20PM Fashion Pakistan Week (FPW), on its second day, was held together by a range of segments that sifted through indigenous craft, hair and makeup, a mixed tribute by designer heavyweights and designs showcased recently in the Fashion DNA segment which is part of London Fashion Week. Most of these segments fortunately worked leading to a pleasant fashion jigsaw of sorts. Dedicating a platform to showcasing traditional craft, for instance, is a great idea. Pakistan has a wealth of craftsmanship which is slowly dying out, being taken over by cost-effective, time-effective machine embroideries. A well-publicised platform at fashion week, focusing only on indigenous craft, may encourage more designers to sustain the village craftsmen and women who are currently living impoverished lives. It also makes for a show that focuses on what is inherently Pakistani, tweaked and glossed into fashion-forward lines. Both collections in the traditional craft segment were shown on a catwalk for the very first time and it set FPW rolling on a high note. Sustainable craft: White Label by Nida Azwer The Khalarai collection, dominated by the embroideries of interior Sindh, was set off by the twinkle of mirror work and dainty hand embroideries. Nida Azwer, with her longstanding penchant for hand embroideries, was completely in her comfort zone, with a very summer-centric palette of beige, white and grey.Silhouettes varied from the completely traditional to slinky luxe; ghararas, saris and Nidas staple cinched kimono tops which now need to reworked towards newer territory. The highlight, though, were the fully handworked dupattas. An inherently beautiful collection upheld by meticulous craft. Sustainable craft: Inaaya It was lovely to have Inaaya back on the catwalk; modernising rilli and placing it in unique places in a garment, swathing risqu halter necks and skirts with mirrors, dabbling with traditional chata-pati and creating casually elegant silhouettes on a diverse mix of colors. (News By fashionone)  

 


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