A Pakistani designer participated in the Global Qipao Festival and Invitation Exhibition held recently in Hangzhou city in eastern China and presented a traditional Chinese dress Qipao, also known as cheongsam.
Asim Mushtaq, a Pakistani PhD student at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, participated in the event and submitted his cheongsam design.
"When China National Silk Museum announced to organize the exhibition then I decided to take part in it to give some presentation by Pakistan. I think it's a great opportunity for cultural fusion.Cheongsam is a very famous traditional costume of China with very attractive form and often made of silk. While in Pakistan, silk is not produced in high quantity so I tried the Cheongsam design on ZARI fabric and Mixed silk fabric," Asim told media.
Majored in Materials Science and Engineering, Asim has a unique perspective on the choice of fabric for cheongsam design.
"Embroidery on the clothes for female as well as male is one of the Pakistani cultural designs. So while designing cheongsam for the exhibition, I consult with the Pakistani tailoring master to have a fusion of Pakistani embroidery and glass applique on the Chinese cheongsam," Asim said.
The organizers invited many fashion designers from Asian countries based on the traditional form of Cheongsam.