In a sea of ubiquitous dabka and tilla, when a bridal designer manages to tell a story that is unique, it’s difficult not to sit up and take notice.
Around thirty years ago, when Anna Aziz moved to Karachi, she brought with her the knowledge of age-old Kashmiri needlework and recreated the magical varieties of embroidery that she had learned from her mother – including ghara, wasli and marohri – for herself and her family.
Last month, Anna and daughter, Mahum Siddik, launched their own design house creating luxurious evening and bridal wear. The label specializes in forgotten styles of needlework, producing heritage design that celebrates craft that has been passed down from generation to generation.
We recently had a look at their bridal wear and are completely floored. Here are some of our favourites:
This piece is work of art, but more importantly, it is a labour of love. It primarily consists of Jamawaar tukris held together by an intricate web of zardozi, wasli, and duob.
This is hands down one of the most intricately made pieces from the collection. The kameez has a jaal of handmade embroidery, which is enhanced with wasli, zardozi, sequins, and Swarovski crystals.
You can wear this three-piece ensemble separately or together. Each piece is unique and will surely make heads turn. The blouse is festooned with pure Kashmiri wasli and marori, the Izaar has doub and nakhshi work, while the coat is decorated with pearls and nakhshi.
Make heads turn in this Chattapati farshi gharara, a chaddar with handmade ghaara border, and a rich velvet choli.
Anna Aziz gives you gota like you have never seen it before – this phirin with handmade marori of gota exudes old school charm.
The beauty of the handmade marori border on this chaddar will make even the simplest of outfits pop.
Here is a beautiful remake of traditional Kashmiri marori in lacha tilla on a velvet base.
Disclaimer: This post was produced in partnership with Anna Aziz.
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