A Pakistani-American girl has become the latest celebrity to open up a textile store in a shopping mall in a bid to help make the industry a reality.
Ashaq Masih, a Pakistani-born textile artist who moved to the U.S. to pursue a degree in fashion design, is launching her first store in the mall’s mall with a mission to help the textile industry thrive.
Masih’s vision is to create a textile market for Pakistan, which accounts for less than 5 percent of global exports and is a key market for textile manufacturers, but is the most affected in the global economic downturn.
The mall has seen its share of violence during the U of A student uprising in the mid-1990s, when the mall was shut down after an assault on the building.
The mall reopened in 2007, but it is not the same.
Masih said the mall has been hit by a lot of attacks over the years, and it has lost the business it used to have.
“We are doing everything we can to bring in foreign buyers,” she said.
The Pakistani-origin artist said her dream is to open the first textile shop, located in the shopping mall, in the center of the mall.
“We want to be a part of the solution of the problem,” she told The Associated Press.
The project is expected to take six to eight months to complete.