Clothing Tags- Part 1

By Maasi Saba

Its summer time, and with schools finally closed for the school year, I finally have time to shop. There are sales everywhere these days, but only the people who are always out and about, profit from them. I, on the other hand, usually end up going when all the good items have been sold. It’s just my luck. I guess I am not a shopaholic. For the past few years, I have noticed some changes from our local amazing brands, such as Khaadi, Kayseria, Outfitters, ChenOne, etc. If any of you had noticed, their tags have changed. It not only says “Dry Clean ONLY.” I usually hate those words. I only like to read them on my formal outfits, not my everyday, or “going out” outfits. Who wants to dry clean their clothes on a daily basis? And who, reading this post, has a good dry cleaner who hasn’t ruined any item of theirs. I have gotten some things back from the dry cleaners and wonder what it had originally looked like. Because it looks different, in size, shape, and color. So I avoid them like the plague. Someone recommend a good dry cleaner in Lahore please. 

Anyway, my point here is that the tags on many clothing items have become informative, and more to cater to our needs. Things like how to wash them, how they were made, and a cute/interesting tag. I like these things. I remember when I had my first child and buying baby clothing was an amazing feeling. The tags and the adorable hangers or little accessory they added was an added bonus. Maybe it’s the artsy person inside that looks for these little things. A while back, I had bought my little one a few things from Outfitters. Their tags didn’t just have the price on it, it told me that I could wash these items in the machine if I was just careful to mind dark colors to be washed separately, and to not dry in direct sunlight. As a new mother many years ago, sometimes my brain wasn’t working properly and I would just throw things in the machine because you can never have enough clean clothes for a baby/toddler. 

The reason why I bring this up, is because living abroad, many don’t hand wash their clothes, it either goes in the washing machine and then into the dryer, or it goes directly to the dry cleaners. Having given gifts to many people, I would occasionally hear about items getting ruined after first wash. Our colors are more strong and permanent, and our stitching and embellishments are stitched to perfection.  I truly believe that our products could give major top designers a run for their money! Inshallah very soon “Made in Pakistan” will be a desired item for many. 

Weekend Gateway!

With our busy lifestyle one looks forward to relaxing and de-stressing on the weekends. One of my favourite ways to relax is traveling…. 

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PC Muzaffarabad, a 4 hour drive from Islamabad via Bhurban is one of the best options for a weekend getaway, especially of you’re looking for something not very far away from home. A relatively small but refined property perfect for large groups and families. Situated in the picturesque valley of Kashmir, it boasts a rustic ambience appropriate to its physical surroundings. The best part of this location is that one can take a day trip to numbers of local attractions, one being Pir Chinasi, a tourist spot on top of hills at an elevation of 2900m!

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Another attraction is an hour trip to Chakothi, a border village on the bank of River Jhelum. One can also enjoy the different cuisines offered by PC overlooking the valley. Hence a peaceful & tranquil surrounding away from the riffraff.

Hello, we have arrived!

Veuve-Clicquot-BoursaultAnd we come in peace!

Whether you go by Mom, Mother, Mummy or Mama, or by any other name under the sun, there is one common fact that we all share… that is, we crave the company of other moms in order for us to share, to believe and to understand that the chaos in our lives is not unreal.

This blog has been created by us (the maasis!) for all of you moms out there who want motherhood to be one never-ending adventure (which it is, really) but more importantly, to be able to enjoy it as well along the way.  

We all need people who can understand us, a place to go to in our desperate times, when we feel so down we just want to shut ourselves in a room, never to come out again. But of course, you know it as well as we do, this is not how the story goes, which (among other reasons) is exactly why we came up with the idea of this blog. And exactly why we want you all to be an active part of it! 

Let this blog be a place where you can come to be inspired, to be encouraged and to find hope when you feel you’re losing faith in yourself. A place to giggle over a cute story, take part in a “mommy rant” or just give your very precious two cents about anything which could be of use to other mums. 

Remember, you can ask us if you are having any problems that you think you need help with. You can approach us and it will be our utmost pleasure to be of help. 

Just be happy and strive, strive always to be the best mom you can ever be. And being the best doesn’t necessarily mean being a super mom. Sometimes, being the best mom only means being there for your children, whenever they need you. Sometimes it’s just as simple!

A brief little history of this cute little word, “Maasi”!

Okay, so we call ourselves the Maasis and are very glad about it too! But wait, what does this word Maasi actually mean?

Maasi (Punjabi): maternal aunt; mother’s sister. ‘Mausi’ in Hindi and old Urdu. 

Sadly, the correct usage of this word has diminished to a great extent nowadays. These days, house helpers in Pakistan are the ones mostly called maasis. Which isn’t bad in anyway; if anything it gives these women the respect that they deserve for doing all that they do for us. But that said, this modern usage of the word “maasi” has to a great extent, diminished its proper use and meaning of the word “maasi” has altered completely. So much so, that most people in Pakistan, let alone anywhere else, are unaware of what this word initially stood for.

We, at Maasi is Trying, realise this and it is exactly why we’ve chosen this name to represent us. We want to give power back to this word; also to make people realise that maasis (the ones who work day and night for our comfort) are actually very much like our maternal aunts and should be respected as such.

Happy reading! 🙂