Oversized grey terry cloth t shirt with printed “rastah” logo patch on the front made of handwoven fabric. The patch on the back showcases artwork by the immensely celebrated Pakistani artist Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, known world over as Sadequain. The image, titled “soul and body”, first debuted as part of his 1970 exhibition, “Society and the Stranger”.
Sadequain’s work rejects hollow aesthetic pursuit and yearns for deeper understanding. He explains his own work best, stating in an interview: ”People ask why I don't paint flowers, butterflies and landscapes? I tell them that I seek the truth and I am after reality. I am not inspired by someone posing against the backdrop of roses in a vase or pink curtains. What inspires me is a person who has gone hungry for hours and is struggling for survival. The expression that lights his face at the end of the day when he has finally found some scraps, that is what touches me. I am a painter of the expression of reality."
He passed away in Karachi in 1987 and, to this day, few artists can claim as great an imprint on Pakistani culture.
260 gsm heavyweight terry
Raw edges at sleeves and hem
80/20 cotton poly ratio
Slightly oversized silhouette
Washing/handling: hand wash with cold water and hang to dry
Rastah monogram on front in white color
Male model wearing medium 5'10
Female model wearing small 5'5
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.