Huma Adnan celebrates the skills of Afghan and Hunza women artisans

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Famous fashion designers and real-life couple Amir Adnan and Huma Adnan hosted a pre-Women’s Day party to celebrate the fine craftsmanship of the female artisans who work for Craft Stories. Martin Dawson, Head of Mission at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi, graced the party with his presence alongside several notable names and industry stalwarts.

The working women from Afghanistan and the Ghizer Valley in Hunza, and their beautiful handmade jewelry were the highlight of the evening. It was a perfect opportunity for potential supporters to take a look at these artistic pieces and talk to the creative artisans behind them. Along with the jewelry on display, the party also included mouth-watering Afghan dishes to make the evening even more special.

As Huma Adnan aptly puts it, the event aimed to “celebrate women and their craft”.

“It highlighted the many crafts we made with our artisans from Afghanistan, and now from Ghizer Valley, Hunza. In addition to the crafts, there was also authentic Afghan food served,” Huma said. .

Huma Adnan runs Craft Stories, a socially responsible brand created in 2019 to empower inclusive communities using indigenous craft techniques. Thread work, beadwork, and several other hand-woven styles have always been seen primarily in these ornaments, but now they have introduced necklaces made from ocean waste. Recycled materials such as woolen beads made from recycled socks and wooden beads from old newspapers are also used.

Aamna Isani with Amir Adnan

In a conversation with something highHuma revealed why they chose to make it eco-friendly.

“Global warming has motivated us to raise awareness and participate in collective action for eco-responsible craftsmanship. As green fashion continues to grow and attract consumers actively inclined to consume better, we decided to create a capsule collection of fashion accessories through ocean waste, paper, plastic waste and recycled materials” , she shared.

Huma Adnan Craft Stories

Huma Adnan

Collars made from marine litter and recycled materials

For Craft Stories, Huma works with Afghan refugee women residing in camps in Karachi and Quetta. “Recently, we discovered a group of artisans in Hunza (Ghizer Valley) and started training them and perfecting their craft.”

Talking about the response she received for this new sustainable jewelry collection and her plans for the future, the designer shared her goals.

“We are working on sustainable jewelry with our craftsmen and plan to display the collection at an international exhibition in Paris this summer. There is a huge demand for this jewelry in Europe. We will also market the jewelry at the same time in Pakistan .

Huma Adnan empowers women by helping them hone their skills and earn a living through their crafts. Now that she’s aiming to enter a sustainable fashion market, what’s next?

“Craft stories is a movement and leads to a conscious change in fashion. For me, training in arts and crafts is the greatest revolutionary therapy to revive refugee women who come from war-torn territories and also for communities whose indigenous craftsmanship is dying.It empowers them and gives them a sense of accomplishment and personal fulfilment.

As for the next phase of her projects, she thinks that “there is no limit to craftsmanship – from accessories to shoes to clothing – we experiment with everything. Each craft has a story and each craftsman describes this story. It is therefore a responsible and thoughtful fashion.

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