Dressing Up in Pakistan

29 Nov

Weddings in Lahore are dressy affairs that play an important part in people’s social calendar. The dress code is formal, expensive and glittery.

Having a party dress made in Lahore goes something like this:

First you buy the fabric. Pictured here are two kinds of silk jamawar. Both fabrics were white with the details in gold. I had them dyed in a turquoise shade to complement the gold, which is not affected by the dyeing process.

Silk Jamawar

Once the dyeing is done, the fabric is taken to an embroidery shop, where a motif and pattern are chosen.

Detail of Embroidery

After the beading is complete, the fabric is taken to a tailor, who will put the outfit together.

Embroidered Langa

I had this outfit made for the wedding of one of my husband’s relatives. The closer the relationship, the more formal the dress and heavier the embroidery.


4 Responses to “Dressing Up in Pakistan”

  1. natalian December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    That is absolutely beautiful!

  2. nadia May 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    What a beautiful color!

  3. Veronica Twizzler May 27, 2010 at 12:31 am #

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Rach June 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Hello there,

    Can you please please please tell me where i can buy these fabrics? Pleae send me an email


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