EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF OUR CULTURE THROUGH ITS ART OF EMBROIDERY 

ATIKA HUSSAIN

A remarkable woman & a lawyer who fearlessly champions justice on multiple fronts & advocates for the rights of women. Adorned in her vintage Hazara vest, she proudly embraces her cultural heritage, symbolizing the resilience that fuels her unwavering fight for justice. With every step, she inspires others to stand up against injustices, fostering hope for a future free from harm. Here's why she loves wearing her heritage:

Wearing garments that previous generations adorned provides me with a profound sense of belonging and attachment. One striking example is the patterned vest known as Waskat, which has been particularly popular in Hazarajat for centuries. Hazara women have skillfully crafted and worn this vest, incorporating a diverse array of designs and motifs inspired by the beauty of nature: the sun, stars, flowers, birds, and more. Each pattern within the Waskat carries a distinct meaning, and every stitch is an attempt to convey a story. The vibrant, rhythmic lines and vivid colors may express passionate love, while abrupt distortions could signify heartrending betrayals and hardships. Collectively, these garments reflect our shared experiences and inherited understanding, passed down through generations. By donning my heritage, I aim to safeguard and honor this rich tradition, paying homage to the courageous and visionary women who played a vital role in shaping our community's unique identity.

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