Faiqa Sultani, CEO and founder of Golesang Art, began her career four years ago working as a painting therapist in a psychological clinic with the German government in Afghanistan. During that time she was thinking if it was possible to treat patients with psychological issues through painting. So many people came through that clinic with sad stories or even bad stories. She noticed women especially came through the clinic having lived very difficult lives with a lot of stress. After one month of painting therapy, their mental health and states of minds were positively changed.
That really interested her, so she left for India for more studies on this topic. She received her bachelor’s degree in fashion and fine arts from Punjab University in India. In addition to her studies, Sultani learned how to paint on dresses. And she had the idea to paint stories and feelings on fashion and allow women to share their stories with customers who want authentic and beautiful clothes. But the clothes would be more than just cloth and thread designed with the latest trends. They would have someone’s life, someone’s struggle, someone’s joy or sadness in them. And that gives the dresses not only something unique and creative, but something real to connect with.
For her work with painting on dresses, Sultani received 10 trophies and 30 certificats in different competitions in Chandigarh, India. She also held two photography exhibitions on her work in Delhi.
Following those accolades, she went back to Afghanistan to study Digital Graphic Designing in American University of Afghanistan. Then after years of work and studying, Sultani crystallized those experiences in the founding of Golesang Art in November 2019. She wanted the studio to be a place where women can use techniques from paint therapy to express their feelings and tell their stories, while sharing those narratives with the world. And though her business is small, she is hopeful of the power of the dresses to create fashion with impact and narrative, while also empowering women to share their stories and provide for their families will go a long way in improving their lives.
Her ultimate goal for her shop is to empower Afghan women financially to support their families, while also empowering them to express their stories, heal their emotional hurts, and work through mental health issues. Mental health is not a widely publicized topic in Afghanistan, despite generations of conflict and strife most of the country faces. And with her work on painting on dresses and other clothing items using therapeutic techniques as well as traditional Afghan art styles, Sultani hopes to start changing that. ASEEl is excited to partner with Golesang Art to help them accomplish their current goals and continue financially and emotionally empowering more and more women in Afghanistan. Check out more from Golesang Arts from their shop page!