According to Shari’ah law, it’s not an exaggeration that the only time a woman exposed her face and neck to others was at her wedding. So it’s no surprise that Afghan women have found every opportunity to be beautiful at their weddings, and there’s not just one dress for this special event. A bride usually wears a shade of purple at her engagement party. At her wedding, she should have at least two dresses: first the Islamic green wedding dress, and second, the fairy-tale white wedding dress.
I’m a student of fine arts in Pakistan, and have lived in Pakistan and Afghanistan throughout my life. Our traditions are rich in history and beautiful. I enjoy finding new views of who we are and where we’re from.
Seek and explore, but start by knowing who you are. One day every city will have the same shopping centers, the same clothing, the same fast foods. But we will each carry our own family names, our own memory of recipes, dances, dresses, and stories that trace back generations to a time when we were all quite distinct. We will find a way to fuse our histories with our futures and still be true to ourselves.