Kashmir’s ‘Phiran’ reaches Pakistan fashion gala

Lahore, March 13 (IANS) Kashmir’s traditional ‘phiran’, an oversized gown, got a makeover at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2016 here.

Zara Shahjahan’s luxury collection titled ‘Sartorialist’ was a modern take on the ‘phiran’ (worn by Kashmiri people to guard against cold) and was coupled with a minimalistic and organic look.

The designs looked royal and light by selection of earthy shades and soft pastels.

In fact, Shahjahan also chose Kashmir’s famous embroidery — Ari work — for her designs. Ari was done on cotton linen with contemporary chic detailing and edgy silhouettes.

Her signature floral motif was an integral part of the collection’s embellishments, which were purposely minimal to ensure that the primary focus is on the silhouette.

“I have always been inspired by the old and vintage and have been exploring Pakistan’s rich and colourful heritage to seek inspiration. I found it with Kashmir,” Shahjahan told the media here at the event organised by the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC).

She added that the beauty of Kashmir and the colour palette of the Pashmina and Shahtoosh, which is mainly subtle, inspired her for the collection.

“From the elegant pink of Kashmiri chai to the intricate Shikargah tapestries and the oversized Kashmiri phiran, we have infused all to make a modern and minimalist collection,” she added.

The designs showcased at her show on Saturday night were not limited to the ‘phiran’. Kaftans, coats and kurtas were also seen.

The linen designs were finished off with statement bags.

(The writer’s visit is at the invitation of the event organisers. Ruwa Shah can be contacted at ruwa.s@ians.in)

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