Pencil style skirt with contrast coloured overlocking and hand embroidery on front and back.
The hand embroidered motif is based on embroidered dastmâl, or handkerchiefs, that they would gift to their loved ones. Often separated for years from their fiancees and husbands, women presented these dastmâl as sweet reminders to their beloveds to always remember them. The design includes both a winking eye (a cheeky lover’s symbol often sewn onto the bedsheets of newlyweds!), the lala flower of the Jaghori district in Hazaristan where many of our embroiderers hail from, and a bleeding heart longing for a distant loved one.
Black colour way: 100% polyester fabrication.
Pale Grey colour way: Cotton elastane fabrication.
'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.