I never thought about the amount of time and attention to detail it takes to embellish Pakistani formal wear. I always assumed the task was accomplished by some monster machine and that the metallic threading and rhinestones were just magically "stamped" onto the fabric.
The only magic here is the talent and dedication of the artists that spend hours crouched over fabric stretched and secured in wooden frames.
I can't help but wonder how underpaid these people probably are. It makes me appreciate the art even more. Seriously, mad respect to these folks.
Enjoy the photographs! I wish I could find the original source and share it, but I just found these floating around on tumblr.