This handcrafted shirt delves into the notion of growing up as a Pakistani woman in the East and the West and how one is often forced to play a balancing act between the cultures. Female empowerment, defying societal norms, elevating the female symbol and the intersection between the traditional and unconventional are also among the themes explored in the piece.
With this in mind, Aiza Ahmed draws a female figure in traditional clothing smoking, something that is typically frowned upon in eastern cultures particularly for women, just to highlight the dichotomy. The design on the back of the shirt exudes a magical aura, portraying a queen in a royal throne, surrounded by lavishness, flora and fauna. Ahmed reflects upon the dreams young girls often have growing up, longing for recognition, respect and acceptance. The aesthetic is an amalgamation of figuration, minimalism and abstraction, treading the fine line between simplicity and complexity.
*THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION PIECE THAT WILL NOT BE MADE AGAIN ONCE SOLD OUT*
slightly oversized fit
80% cotton and 20% polyester terryfabric
Rastah Volume V monogram screen printed on front
hand screen printed artwork on front and back
Washing/Handling: Hand wash with cold water inside out & hang to dry
Male Model: 6'1 ; wearing: Medium | Female Model: 5'7; Wearing small
We offer free shipping worldwide on orders over $350 and complimentary free shipping in Pakistan. Worldwide orders arrive in 4-5 business days after they are shipped while domestic orders arrive within 2 business days. Orders from Volume IX will start to ship on 02/15/23.
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All Rastah pieces are proudly designed and manufactured in Pakistan. We partner with generational artisans to manufacture our products and are constantly researching innovative and environmentally-friendly ways to produce.
Block-Printing is an ancient Asian method of dyeing fabric. It involves intricately carving wooden blocks by hand and then using natural dyes to “print” onto the fabric. Block-printing is an environmentally friendly and durable technique we use on several pieces.
Handwoven fabrics are woven by hand by using a handloom. Handweaving produces zero pollution as it does not require electricity or any machinery. It is an artisanal craft that is inherently time-consuming. The outcome is timeless pieces of clothing built to last.
Patchwork involves handsewn patches of fabric that are then sewn onto our products. These patches are often block-printed as well. The result is a beautiful eye-catching patch that helps distinguish our pieces.