Having born into a traditional Baloch family, Rabia was in a position to view and understand Baloch culture all her life. She received her Bachelors in Fashion design from the esteemed Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design and a certificate in fashion from Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Since the days of her childhood, Rabia had keen interest in the nomadic traditional arts and crafts of Pakistan. From a young age, she also garnered feelings of doing good for the society and leaving a legacy for others to look up to or follow. Along with help from her family, Rabia started promoting nomadic arts and embroidery techniques across Pakistan. She was adamant at setting up a system which helped impoverished rural women in Pakistan with the final goal of making them self reliant and educated by providing proper schooling at the grass root level.
Recently Rabia moved to Vancouver and felt herself off from her roots. The huge change made her realize the sensitivity associated to the Nomadic routine of moving from one place to another with more fervour and zeal. She decided to develop her idea on a global scale. Her move to a new country possibly meant better realization of her true dreams.
“A Wandering Life” A/W 16 by Rabia Dastgir is inspired by the nomadic norm of moving around. The collection comprises of intricate Baloch and Afghan handwork, involving pieces which took years of practice and skill to reach completion. Having been pushed to be an almost dying art form, the cherished pieces were fused into a western silhouette for the tasteful eye. The Process involved deconstructing the original and reconstructing their culture onto the mannequin for a western market, which exactly mimics the nomadic ritual of adapting and accepting to the cultures of the land they inhabit while they leave behind traces of their art and culture to endure for years to come.”