Iftikhar’s Story…reviving the art and heritage of ‘Gara’ embroidery, an online illustrated talk by Noor Sattar, and moderated by Amina Ali.

Gara embroidery originated in 19th century China, and is an amalgamation of three Cultures: Chinese, Persian and Parsi. A symbol of wealth and sophistication, Gara has been an heirloom passed down through generations of the Parsi community residing in the subcontinent.

Noor’s grandmother Zarine Qureshi being one of the pioneers of the fashion industry in Pakistan, loved Gara, and furthered the craft in Karachi over many years until her passing in 2010. She did this by nurturing skilled “karigar’s” (artisan’s) such as Iftikhar, who is still carrying on the craft and is featured in the talk. Zarine’s variety of techniques using hand embroidered Gara popularized this style amongst the fashionable ladies of Karachi.

In her talk, Noor touches on the story of her grandmother’s work in Gara, and explores the methods and techniques presently being used to further its popularity by creating a larger variety of designs and contemporary forms that are increasingly found in Pakistan today. In this way, she is following her late grandmother’s dream, in spreading the story of Gara.

Noor Sattar is an enterprising and energetic young lady. She initially decided to pursue law, following in the footsteps of her father and siblings, and completed her Bachelors in Law from SOAS (University of London). Soon after, she decided to change her career path and followed her passion for the Arts. She has studied fashion in New York (at the Fashion Institute of Technology) and Pakistan (at the Indus valley School of Art and Architecture) and continues the legacy of her grandmother Zarine Qureshi, with her brand ‘ Leelas’ . Noor has since moved to the UK and is looking to showcase her work in London and beyond.

Amina Ali has been involved with Television in Pakistan as a host on a chat show relating to women’s current affairs. She has been active in a number of international women’s associations and is at present based in London with her family. She is a member of The Pakistan Society Executive Committee.

Time: 6pm (UK Time)

Date: Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Venue: Zoom webinar

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