The outfit I have chosen in this image is a traditional dress, referred to as a lengha, which is currently being modelled on another occasion at my brother walima, (a gathering post religious wedding festivities) which I repurposed for the Eid celebration. A terrible habit which I, and I am sure many are guilty of, is constantly seeking out new outfits to wear on Eid. This therefore results in an accumulation of all these incredibly regal, artistic pieces in my wardrobe, which only see the light of day once. During the coronavirus pandemic, I was forced to search the archives of cultural wear, so me and my family could still embrace a wholesome, yet isolated Eid. This reignited my appreciation for the gorgeous pieces I already owned, and therefore encouraged me to approach celebratory cultural attire in a more sustainable manner.
My outfit (most commonly known as a Lehenga) is inspired by regal, authentic fashion derived from Pakistani/Indian culture; this one in particular is hand crafted using embroidered fabric imported from Dubai, paired with jewellery worn for adornment. I am wearing a 3-piece set consisting of a necklace, jhumki’s & a tikka.
Wearing clothing/jewellery such as this on Eid displays the celebration cherished amongst all Muslims & allows us to embrace our background whilst living in a western society.
Eid is a familial, religious festival that we hold in high regard where we portray our appreciation through our modest clothing, ethnic food, charitable donations & prayer.
Eid, for Muslims worldwide, allows the celebration of the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. After Eid prayer (salat) is completed, Muslims celebrate Eid day by embracing their culture to the fullest, typically eating Asian cuisine with family and loved ones and wearing Asian and Arabic formalwear. Here, I am wearing a traditional handmade Asian dress known natively as a lehenga. This piece was handmade by my Aunty. From me handpicking the intricately embroidered fabric, she made my vision come to life. My childhood fantasy was to embody my favourite Disney princess, Jasmine. Growing up like many other Asian girls, I felt like her character was one of the first and few relatable representations of Asian beauty within media, overwhelmed by images of the idealised Western standard of beauty. When I first put this dress on, I had never felt so regal and beautiful in my life. The labour of love that my Aunty dedicated to making this piece truly symbolises why I love my culture. This garment truly symbolises the unity of family and beauty that is celebrated within my culture upon Eid al Fitr.