Not many women in the history have left us bedazzled with their dignified demeanor. One such lady was Nur Jahan- the twentieth wife of Jahangir in the Mughal Kingdom.
Nur Jahan, the name given by Jahangir meaning ‘light of the world’ was born as Mehrunnisaa. Besides family fusses, she was well educated and showed interest not just in the expected areas of poetry, arts and culture but also in ruling over the Mughal kingdom after Jahangir’s death. She was a beloved wife who took care of the throne while her husband was busy drinking and smoking up. Her other pursuits counted of inventing perfumes for women popular as ‘Ittars’, designing clothes out of laces and brocade that still are influencing us today big time.
Influenced by Nur Jahan's experiences in so many dimensions, a young designer from Mount Carmel College, Syma Ahmed realized the necessity of her revival.
The rich hues of red and blue brushed with pinches of gold and hand-painted Mughal faces, with pearls that add charm to her beauty and gold pins that define it sharp and sexy, Syma came up with a hotter Nur Jahan on the ramp. Dip-dyed lace robes, harem pants and suspenders just made the perfect coordinated collection. Designing accessories and jewels with it was enough to call it a Kingdom of the twentieth wife.
Nur Jahan's grave reads,
"On the grave of this poor stranger, let there be neither lamp nor rose. Let neither butterfly’s wing burn nor nightingale sing."