These pieces feature canaries and the gul-e-sap, or apple blossom motif, typical of Hazara cross stitch embroidery. Women have been sewing this same flower for generations and the tree is prevalent across the country - there's even a festival to celebrate the blossom's flowering. Within Hazara culture they also hold romantic significance as a term of endearment: one lover might say to the other, "you're my apple blossom", while the kanary is one of many songbirds beloved in Afghanistan.
100% deadstock linen, off-white with fine navy blue stripe, hand embroidered and sewn together at The Social Studio.
This style is unisex and is designed to be worn over-sized.
'The moon of my heart' is a collection of hand-embroidered garments and accessories developed in collaboration with eight talented women from Melbourne's Afghan community. Inspired by favourite summer memories spent drying fruit, weaving carpets and sewing romantic dastmâl (handkerchiefs) for their faraway partners, these pieces showcase the fine Hazara, Pashtun and Turkmen embroidery skills that are an essential part of Afghan creative culture. The collection draws on various symbols and connections to love - a winking eye, poetry, significant flowers - because, the women tell us, "we just make things from our hearts". Consider these pieces love notes from these remarkable and resilient women to all of us. Thank you to Zakera, Zakya, Shakila, Sakina, Shakeela, Mashriqa, Khadija and Hanifa for sharing your stories and skills with us, it's been our privilege to help bring them to life. All pieces were made with deadstock fabrics in our Collingwood studio.