September 15, 2020 18 Comments

Okara: The Birthplace of Markhor

 

Okara, the city from where Markhor started, holds a very dear place in our hearts. To celebrate how far we’ve come since the good old days, we wanted to narrate our journey to all of you.

 

 

Okara, earning its name from “Okan” (a lush green tree with needle-like leaves), is located southwest of the city of Lahore. It’s known for its agriculture-based economy and cotton mills. The city is a gold mine for history seekers and curious travellers. One can find many archaeological remains of different dynasties that have previously reigned over the subcontinent, including the Indus Valley Civilisation, Persians, Ghaznavids, Sultanates, Mughal Empire, Sikh Confederacy and British Raj.

Being a city rich in culture, the people of Okara hold manymelas (fairs) in the month of ‘Sawan’ (monsoon season in July and August). In this time, different types of games are played on a drum-beat and many stalls and shops of sweets and toys are set up.

Basirpur, a town in the Okara District, is where Markhor’s story began. The brand was originally named Hometown, and renamed to Markhor in 2014. 

 

 

Waqas and Sidra, co-founders of the brand, are from Basirpur. There were weekly council meetings held in which people gathered to discuss different matters. During one such meeting, Waqas and Sidra met a group of craftsmen who worked in a local workshop. The duo learned that some of the most well-known luxury brands work with craftsmen in developing countries like Pakistan, India, and Vietnam but rarely talk about them. To change this, they started working on the idea of Markhor.

Markhor is built on the idea of connecting the craftsmen directly with the people who value their art. It has helped craftsmen in keeping their superlative handcrafting techniques from going extinct. Each craftsman at Markhor embodies the same passion for indigenous craftsmanship that has been handed down from generation to generation for the past 1800 years.

 

    

    

 

The very first designs that were made in the Okara workshop were the Kaptaan Chappal and Quetta Style Chappal, familiar names you will find on our online store even today. Same silhouettes handcrafted using different materials, construction techniques and of course, by different craftsmen. We brought back some of these treasured pairs with us when our team moved to Lahore. And the best bit? You can buy these on our online store now!

 


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