It seems that such scarf is very popular. I had initially noticed it when the housemaid would come down and carry out her chores. I didn’t think much of it, just thought it was another scarf – that was until I went to the bazaar.
There it was present in mass numbers, almost each and every woman was wearing one. After asking my aunt who lived in the country, she told me that such scarf was very popular and worn by women from a specific area – it was their identity of a sort.
This got me thinking, what if such a simple piece of cloth could be made into something that not only acted as a covering but an enhanced ‘shield’ than what it is already.
This shield could be used in areas such as market stalls or other crowded situations. I distinctly remember going to one market in Hazro. It had varying degrees of lane widths which had small market stalls as far as the eye could see. The heat coupled with the hustle of people walking and the occasional motorbike going past would only add to the amazingly varied smell that would fill your nostrils.
Market sellers would call out to you to buy their goods, women would huddle past – trying to get to where they wanted and others were like a frenzy of people doing what was normal bazaar shopping.
I only observed one rule – keep walking, that or get out the way! we went into one shop where I had the pleasure of tasting sugar cane juice, take it from me- that stuff is not nice! My brother in law had no problem drinking it yet my stomach was fighting to keep it down!
Anyways enough of reliving that experience.
I was thinking of a scarf that had reflective properties, no – not a tinfoil scarf, something more… pleasant. A scarf that reflected heat from the wearer’s head or the remainder of their body. Something that will allow them to keep cool (maybe mentally as well as physically) in such a hectic situation.
From my experience, the temperature in Pakistan can reach a massive 38 degrees celsius, and that’s not even close to the highest record!
According to Nations encyclopedia,
Pakistan’s climate is generally dry and hot near the coast, becoming progressively cooler toward the northeastern uplands. The hot season begins in March, and by the end of June the temperature may reach 49° C (120° F ). Between June and September.
Another aspect to include is pepper spray lining, normally I would not even think of including such protective measures in any clothing let alone women’s I mean in what world would women have to carry such a spray to feel safe!
This one apparently…
According to IBtimes, Ayesha Hasan, a freelance journalist, told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle,
Every year some 2,900 women are raped in Pakistan, almost eight a day.
I would design the spray nozzles to be spaced at every set amount of distance and easily accessible for when that moment arrives, you know where you just want to punch that stupid mo… and breathe
A nose filter could also be incorporated into the scarf, as I do not wear a scarf I cannot give much information on this other than what I have seen my mother, sister and cousins do when they come across something with an unpleasant odour.
When travelling with known females, they always cover mouth and nose when in the presence of any unknown.It seems that I can incorporate the nose filter there to protect against the harsh smells that one comes across in the bazaars e.g. the gas fumes left from motorbikes going past.
It seems that I can incorporate the nose filter there to protect against the harsh smells that one comes across in the bazaars e.g. the gas fumes left from motorbikes going past. Another observation from my recent Pakistan visit is that I do not think that they have MOT test, nor Insurance most people drive without a license for a matter of fact. As a result, there can be very harmful emissions alongside unchecked exhaust fumes.
Pakistan’s Carbon footprint per capita (currently at 0.78) seems to be very low in comparison to the UK which stands at 9.66 according to the guardian.
I have to say that I am quite surprised by these statistics but the truth is the truth. However, unlike the United Kingdom, Pakistan uses CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). According to statistics compiled by CNG Owners Association of Pakistan, the number of CNG-run cars have exceeded to 1.6 million throughout the country.