Behenchara

Issue 9

Self Image and What Women Wear by Mahnoor Fatima 

 Cover Art by Alina Tosif Trigger warning for some mentions of troubled eating and body shaming.  I feel like if society didn’t scrutinize everything I put on my body, my relationship with it would have been completely different. From a young age, I was continuously fed subtle messaging that said “girls who wore the hijab …

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An Activist or A Hustler: Pakistan’s Fashion Industry in the Midst of A Movement for Equality and Inclusion.

 Artwork by Marium Taufeeq By Nida Hasan Short Bio: The author is the Lifestyle Co-Editor for Brown Girl Magazine, New York and an aspiring entrepreneur. You’ll forever find her in search of a good story, a good meal and a great outfit. How many Pakistani celebrities have you heard saying, “Of course I believe men …

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The Bare Breasts of My Ancestors By Nimra Ishfaq

Cover Art by Alina Tosif In “Pakeezah”, Meena Kumari wears an orange chiffon frock that drapes like a waterfall, covering her from her decollete down to almost her ankles, giving a slight peak into her white churidar pyjamas. The silhouette and shade of the dress almost mimic the lehengas brides wear on their weddings, a …

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The Privilege of Fashion by Maria Saleem

 Artwork by Mashaal Sajid Bio: A recent business grad, Maria is currently struggling between “practical” career choices and her passion for art. Her core causes include sustainability and tech solutions to bring positive societal change. She is (an infrequent) book blogger, (an occasional) writer, and (amateur) nature photographer. For something seemingly as basic as fabric …

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The Winter I Stopped Dressing Up by Emaan M 

Cover art by Fartashia There’s nothing I can wear that will make it better. I’ve tried everything. Jeans. Pants. Salwar. Lehengas. Chadars. Dupattas that are little decorative scraps of fabric. Dupattas so heavy they could drown me. And still.  It’s not what I wear. It’s the way I carry myself – how obscene, how vulgar, …

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A Love-hate Letter to Pakistani Bridal Couture by Sana Tahir

Artwork by Maham Fatima by Sana Tahir Whimsical ruffles of organza detailed around sprawling trains of embellished fabric, parallel lines of dotted mukesh running down the length of dupattas pinned at the crown, dainty flower motifs embroidered with resham thread, leafs of gotta seamlessly stitched onto luxurious silks, heirloom pieces with silver and gold threaded …

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To The Devils Who Can’t Wear Prada by Eman Ahmad

Cover Art by Misha Farhana By Eman Ahmad   Last Sunday when I was helping my mother clean the store room, I came across several photo albums carefully curated over the years. The albums were nothing like we have these days, those hardback thick books with digitally printed pictures on them. They were rectangular paperback diaries, …

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