"Clothes are so often about that odd intersection between our fantasies and our insecurities: who we want to be publicly. When image and pretense are removed, they become about our inner worlds.”
- Lou Stoppard, New York Times
Ever wonder where Sabrina’s X-Pant came from? Well, we’ve got a story for you. The meaning behind this pant is so special and unique, it only seems right to give you their full biography. So settle in, grab some tea, a snack, and maybe even a tissue - it’s about to get deep. Peran tumban, a piece of Afghan men’s clothing traditionally worn under a long shirt dress, was the inspiration that birthed the X-pant. “Peran” refers to the top, and “tumban” are the pants worn as a more conservative and baggy piece. This men’s garment paired with the Afghani turban, for over 40 years, has become a symbol of power, masculinity, and exclusivity. The vision for this pant was to illustrate versatility in how women can claim their own individuality and express themselves confidently however they desire. Now that we’ve laid that on you, it’s time to provide a little more background information. Sabrina is an Afghan woman. She was born and raised in Afghanistan until around the age of six. Now in Michigan, at age 29, she has called upon her roots as inspiration for her fashion creations. Inspired by her home, Sabrina has reclaimed the peran tubman silhouette herself and made it into an edgy, sleek, and chic garment. Sabrina wants to harness the power behind the peran tubman and reclaim it for oppressed women all around the world with elegance and grace. The X-Pant is meant to be worn by unapologetic individuals, regardless of gender. When you wear the X-Pant we want you to feel liberated, confident, and rebirthed. Especially to all the women out there, we want you to know that you wear the pants! Liberation and free expression are being taken away from the women and girls of Afghanistan. However, there was a time when these women used to be celebrated. In the 1969 December issue of Vogue, the publication highlighted Afghani designer Safia Tanzi. Along with her beautiful designs, Vogue captured the land as well. Shot in Kabul, one of the photoshoot destinations was the famous ancient statue of Buddha, which was then destroyed entirely in 2000 by order of the Taliban. Much like this historical statue, the Taliban has taken away the beauty and creative freedom of Afghanistan. Sabrina Spanta aspires to be the new face of Afghani fashion. She strives to bring back the richness of the culture with a powerful message of liberation, versatility, and the regaining of self-identity. Sabrina’s clothing tells Afghani females stories. Starting with the X-Pant, and so many more to come.
Find Sabrina's Interview with Detroit's Local 4 on the crisis here: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2021/08/19/metro-detroit-woman-worries-for-loved-ones-in-afghanistan-as-taliban-take-charge/