“The waistcoat is a reminder of Karachi Pop”
This waistcoat is from Karachi, Pakistan. The colours and styles of embroidery reflect the vibrant culture of the country, especially the city of Karachi. The waistcoat is a reminder of Karachi Pop – a Pop Art movement in Karachi. The waistcoat has intricate hand embroidery with a unique style of patterns and stitches. The embroidery incorporates mirror works and a vibrant colour palette. The styles of embroidery are specific to the interior parts of the province of Sindh, Pakistan.
The indigenous artisans, not formally educated, have a solid and convincing aesthetic sense. These artisans make these works ready in their villages and travel to the metropolis of Karachi to sell them in big markets and shopping malls. These waistcoats made for women and men cater to the relatively modern city of Karachi. These specific styles of embroidery with mirror works are symbolic of Pakistan. They belong to the identity of Pakistan.
When I wear this waistcoat, I represent Pakistan, especially the province of Sindh and its ancient indigenous culture.
Sana S. Burney - Preston Lancashire, UK