"Need new clothes but too busy to go to the market?
Fear not, fabric ladies will bring the market to your door.
Fabric ladies fabric ladies,
or 'basoleh' as they are referred to in Pashto
go door to door
in the village, unloading their knotted sacks and displaying their wares on wicker beds.
Feast your eyes on peonies and parakeet greens, topaz blues with embroidery too.
A suit for eid or a present for chaachi?
A grand occasion or a simple do?
Something subtle for naani or something gaudy for maasi?
Whatever you fancy, fabric ladies are on it.
Whatever you need, fabric ladies have got it.
The women of the household gather around like bees to a flower,
hands and hawk eyes sample length and quality
as insights are exchanged over cups of chai.