Please note images from the Maker Faire event in Reston, Virginia were courtesy of the Maker Faire sponsors and the following photographers: Tim Stahner Photography, Shamit Sikotra, and Carla Brown.
Perishable goods including flour for flatbread naans, water, bananas, and rice for sustenance as well as candles and matches for electricity to cook food and provide warmth
--"Phir Bhi Dil Hai Pakistani (Urdu for “Our Hearts are Still Pakistani”)"
Large artist-made flag made from green and white silk fabric and features an original couplet spoken and written out in Urdu calligraphy
This flag uses the national colors of Pakistan, which are dark green for the land and white for the purity. These two words symbolize the “land of the pure.” After years of seeing Pakistan in the news headlines for corruption, poverty, and violence, I wanted to memorialize how many innocent citizens are still contributing towards a better future despite the chaos. The rhyming couplet proclaims, “Na bijli, na atta, na paani; Phir bhi dil hai Pakistani,” which translates to “Despite living without electricity, food (flour), or water…our hearts are still Pakistani.” Even though corruption exists and people lack basic necessities, their hope for humanity serves as a true testament of their unwavering faith.