Popinjay’s capsule collection La Mezquita was recently exhibited at Mocca Cafe in Lahore amidst a host of fashion enthusiasts. While the exquisite mosaic tile craft and Mughul jaali work were a treat for the eyes, the main highlight of the event was a group of young artisans, from a village near Hafizabad. These women were the ones responsible for the intricacy and creative designing evident in each piece of Popinjay’s collection. “We work for four hours a day and sometimes it takes a month of hard work to make one satchel or a top handle bag and three weeks to complete a box clutch — that shows the dexterity involved,” said an artisan Razia, in her mid-thirties, from a small village called Kot Ishaq.
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