During the summers, my family and I would travel to my native country, Pakistan. It was our family ritual. School would end, and we would pack our suitcases which were with filled lightweight clothes to beat the heat of the summer that was inevitable when going to Pakistan in June.
The air is different in Pakistan. The minute you leave the airport, you can feel it. The wind dances with spices, and the aroma swims with warmth. Pakistani people love color. The cargo trucks are painted with landscapes and portraits. Women wear clothes full of patterns, each shirt an artwork itself. Walking down the streets, vendors sell colorful jewelry made of stones and metal. The air is mangoes and iced drinks. It’s corn with spices, and buying ice cream on street corners.
I bring a bit of Pakistan back with me through my photography, but Sanaa and Sabaa have taken their love for their Pakistani heritage and jewelry, and brought us Ronak and Bahaar.
These two lovely women are UK based, but their Pakistani heritage has inspired them to create their business Ronak Bahaar. Ronak (which means lightness, or a lively presence) and Bahaar (literally translating to spring) is the lens they have given the world to take a peek into the colorful world of Pakistan, and without traveling there, you can experience a small piece of it.
The beautiful products that these two ladies offer are handmade, and evoke a sense of nostalgia for all that have been to Pakistan, and a sense of adventure and longing for those who have yet to travel there.
Their products have a traditional Pakistani feel to them, brining elements of traditional culture and practices with a modern twist. The products include earrings, chokers, clothing, necklaces, bags, and even home décor. Their work is making a splash among Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis alike. They feature customer photos on their instagram, where people from all over the world are rocking the Ronak and Bahaar merchandise.
Their work is giving light to the Pakistani culture, and it is actively showing how beautiful and vidid Southeast Asian cultures are. Sabaa and Sanaa have managed to take beautiful and fragile pieces, and made them into products that evoke power, strength, and resilience. Their work shouts "I am different, and I like it!", giving the women and men of all races who wear and buy their products an air of confidence, and a voice that blooms up, holds a microphone, and screams that it is daring to be different.
To see their beautiful products, and take a quick trip to the atmosphere of Pakistan, visit their website www.ronakbahaar.com
All of the beautiful images are taken for the Ronak and Bahaar instgram, so make sure to go follow them for all their updates.
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