In Attire
Relationship: Child of im/migrant
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When my father came from Pakistan to America, he wore his juttis-a type of shoes mainly worn by the underprivileged. It is used for day to day activities and is made of, usually, wool or leather that comes from cows or/and goats. My father, before he came to America, would consistently wear them wherever he went, except for when he entered a mosque. He didn't have money to buy more shoes or other extravagances because he was saving money for America. His juttis helped preserve his cultural identity and helped him walk in his “new world” for the first time.This object exemplified how he wasn't the richest of men or the most powerful since they were shoes that were old and meant for the impecunious.Through this, his limited wealth, portrayed through his shoes, showed that he was kind, humble, and grateful for all he had.The shoes represent me because I am also kind and grateful for what I have and how I came to be.

Place(s): Pakistan, New York
Year: 2000

– Amir K

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