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Wazir Khan Mosque Minarets by Mystapaki on Flickr.

Over here the beautiful minarets of the Wazir Khan Mosque can be seen soaring above the hustle and bustle of one of Lahore’s oldest Bazaars the “Kashmiri Bazaar”. The Wazir Khan Mosque is actually located deep in the middle of old Lahore it can be an arduous task for someone who is not that fond of walking through congested streets but its like best thing ever for the adventurous type

Pakistani Clothing E-Stores

So I’ve been getting a lotttt of asks about where to buy Pakistani designer wear/formal wear, etc online and instead of answering everyone individually, I am listing all the clothing e-stores I know of. I will be reblogging this post from time to time updating the list as new stores launch.

*Some of these stores do not ship worldwide. 

  1. Sania Maskatiya
  2. Elan
  3. Fahad Hussayn
  4. Zara Shahjahan
  5. HSY
  6. Zaheer Abbas
  7. Misha Lakhani
  8. Daaman
  9. Khaadi
  10. Labels
  11. Daraz
  12. Cynosure
  13. Tena Durrani
  14. Shamaeel Ansari
  15. Shubinak
  16. Gulabo
  17. FnkAsia
  18. Kayseria
  19. Ayesha Farook Hashwani
  20. Muse
  21. Sana Safinaz
  22. Deepak Perwani
  23. Bareeze
  24. Hina Mirza
  25. Bonanza
  26. Gul Ahmed
  27. Latelier
  28. Zari Faisal
  29. Ayesha Somaya
  30. House of Sheep
  31. Al Karam
  32. Beech Tree
  33. Brands Just Pret
  34. So Kamal
  35. Zainab Chotani
  36. Zeen
  37. Maria B
  38. Amir Adnan
  39. Rang Ja
  40. EGO
  41. Chinyere

Happy Shopping! :)

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Shah Jahan’s Dai Anga

The Mughal Emperors held their ‘wet-nurses’ in great esteem, and Shah Jahan’s love and respect for Zeb-un-Nisa (d. 1672), or his Dai Anga (‘wet-nurse’ in Urdu), was no exception. She was also the wife of a courtier under Jahangir and her garden-tomb can be accessed from the Gulabi Bagh Gateway on the GT Road.

This square brick structure houses Dai Anga (wife of Mughal magistrate of Bikaneer) and her daughter Shahzadi Sultan Begum, whose husband Mirza Sultan Beg built the Gulabi Bagh Gateway. In Naulakha (near the Lahore Railway Station), Dai Anga built a beautiful mosque which employs elaborate tile mosaic decoration.

Traversing the intervening stretch of corridor-like space since the surrounding garden area has been occupied by various railway structures—you arrive at the rather squat-looking tomb placed on a raised plinth. The mausoleum is dominated by a low-pitched dome placed on a high neck or drum, while its corners are accented through the employment of four square pavilion-like kiosks, carrying projecting chajjas (eaves) and cupolas. 

Although shorn of most of its ornamentation, the original kashi-kari (tile mosaic) can be noticed on the parapet, which points towards the quality and kind of tile mosaic that in all likelihood once covered the entire facade.

The mausoleum comprises a central tomb chamber with eight rooms around it. Internally, the surface was embellished with fine fresco, portions of which are extant in the squinches above the projecting, beehive-like decorative muqarnas, along with a starlet dome treatment. The base of the squinches is encircled with inscriptional panels from the Holy Quran, rendered in elegant calligraphy by Muhammad Saleh. Inscriptions at the site reveal that the mausoleum was constructed in 1671.

The central sepulchral chamber and surrounding rooms are built upon a raised plinth consisting of subterranean chambers, in which the burials took place. Today, the original cenotaphs made of marble are no longer in existence, and the underground chambers are also inaccessible.