Pakistani printmaker based in Lahore, Bushra Waqas Khan’s miniature dresses investigate questions about the female body and colonialism – currently being exhibited at the Indian Art Fair (IAF).
Pakistan has talent embedded in all its nooks and corners, and Khan’s work reflects that. Vogue interviewed her about her luxe creation, the intricate hand-stitched miniature couture pieces made out of affidavit stamp papers designed by her atelier loaded with political symbolism.
“It’s not often that monotonous, function-specific state documents such as affidavit stamp papers, circulated among busy courtrooms, are repurposed to create fluid, sculptured gowns that are majestic and vitrine-ready. “- Vogue.
Khan’s luxuriously flared skirts and cinched waistlines, each gown is symbolic of the discourse surrounding the female body and colonialism. Her work comprises motifs borrowed from the design of the affidavit stamp paper. She explained to Vogue, “That piece of paper held more value than who you are in Pakistan,” adding, “It’s a proof of possession, and our lives are linked to it somehow.”
Khan fashioned her first miniature dress two years ago. She has exhibited her work at many exhibits, including the famous Grosvenor Gallery in London. She also became the Jameel Prize finalist – a prize given in recognition of contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in partnership with Art Jameel.
“To say the dresses are sublime and luxe would be an understatement” – Vogue.
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