Natalie Chan is an educationalist from Hong Kong.
She visited Pakistan for a friend’s wedding in 2015.
She was surprised to see how wrong the perception of Pakistan is abroad and was intrigued by everything she saw.
One of which was Pakistani clothing.
In the summers Lawn Kurtas and Shalwar Kameezes rule the streets of Pakistan. The light airy fabric helps combat the summer heat and the colors are bright and vibrant to look at.
Chan was interested in trying the clothing too, so she did and now it is the ONLY THING she wears.
She’s collected over a 100 kurtas in the past few years.
The places she buys from don’t even ship to Hong Kong so she has a friend in Pakistan who ships them to her! Talk about dedication.
Wearing Kurtas every day in Hong Kong strikes up a conversation with the people she meets there every day.
They ask her what she’s wearing and she tells them all about what they are and where they come from. Through these conversations, she indirectly ends up making people think about Pakistan and to question if all that they’ve heard is actually accurate or not. This is powerful.
It’s amazing to see how something as simple as a piece of clothing can inspire someone from a different part of the world so much that they’d make it a part of their lives permanently. How it can spark conversations and change perspectives!
Natalie Chan, we stan.