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— فوٹو بشکریہ lauraiz انسٹاگرام اکاؤنٹ
— فوٹو بشکریہ lauraiz انسٹاگرام اکاؤنٹ

بچوں کو کسی کام سے روکنا والدین کے لیے ایک بڑا چیلنج ہوتا ہے خاص طور پر جب ننھے فرشتے گھُٹنوں کے بل چلنا شروع کردیتے ہیں اور انہیں سُلانا تو دنیا کا سب سے مشکل ترین کام ہے۔

ایسا تجربہ ہر ماں اور باپ کو ہوتا ہے جس کے لیے انہیں تحمل کا مظاہرہ کرنا چاہیے تاکہ بچوں کی ذہنی نشوونما سختی سے متاثر نہ ہو۔

اسی بات کو مد نظر رکھتے ہوئے ایک خاتون لورا ازیومیکاوا چوئی نے اس مشکل کو ایک مشغلے کی شکل دے کر اپنی ننھی پری کو دنیا بھر میں انسٹاگرام اسٹار بنا دیا۔

لاس اینجلس سے تعلق رکھنے والی اس خاتون نے اپنی چند ماہ کی بیٹی کو نیند کے دوران مختلف طرح کے ملبوسات پہنا کر اس کی تصاویر انسٹاگرام پر شیئر کیں اور اب یہ اکاﺅنٹ بہت زیادہ مقبول ہوچکا ہے۔

چار ماہ کی عمر سے جوئے ماری چوئی کو اس کی ماں نیند کے دوران مختلف طرح کے تجربات سے گزارتی ہیں، خاص طور پر مختلف ممالک کے روایتی ملبوسات میں تصاویر کھینچ کر شیئر کی جاتی ہیں۔

اس پراجیکٹ کو #JoeyWorldProject کا نام دیا گیا، جس میں اب تک بیس سے زائد ممالک کے ملبوسات پہنی یہ ننھی پری لوگوں کے دلوں میں اتر چکی ہے۔

ان ممالک میں سے ایک پاکستان بھی ہے جبکہ دیگر ممالک کی تصاویر بھی آپ نیچے دیکھ سکتے ہیں۔

پاکستان

Today’s #JoeyWorldProject comes all the way from #Pakistan 🇵🇰 from our amazing new friend Maria who runs an non-profit org called Women’s Digital League (@wdl_pk) which seeks to empower Pakistani women by training and connecting them to online work. Maria wrote to me that they promote economic empowerment for women this way as "it’s really difficult for women in Pakistan to go outside to work." “Through the Joey World Project,” she wrote, "I’d like to bring a softer image of Pakistan and show a new side of Pakistani women achieving amazing things.” She also wrote that she didn’t want publicity for herself or for WDL but that she just wanted to send this dress simply to do it for her fellow #Pakistani women…but I just can’t help but share about her and her incredible work as it inspires me deeply! Thank you Maria and WDL for all you’re doing every day. It’s people like you who stirs my heart and gives me hope! This gorgeous #shalwarkameez is a version of the national dress of Pakistan and was custom-designed for Joey by Pakistani designer Sana Arif @seap.bysanaarif. Can I just say, WOW! This dress was made in pure silk and chiffon with adda and gotta embellishments. Gotta is a gold or silver ribbon that’s used in traditional dresses from the subcontinent including countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Adda got its name from the huge wooden embroidery frames that the cloth is fitted on and combinations of beads, sequins, diamantes, silk thread and mirrors are designed upon. The ring-toed slippers are called #kolhapuri and they go back to the 13th century and have made a come-back in Pakistan with designers giving them a more modern look. I believe the scarf is worn more often on the shoulder but I decided to photograph Joey with the scarf on her head because I wanted to showcase just how beautiful the scarf is. What a stunning piece of art this outfit is! I just want to frame it and hang it in our home! Thank you so much Maria and Sana for this precious treasure. You have no idea what this means to our family. 💕

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مراکش

لائبریا

اسپین

مصر

Today’s #JoeyWorldProject entry comes from our new friend Alice! She sent us this beautiful belly dancing dress to represent #Egypt. 🇪🇬 Thank you so much Alice! I’ll have to dress Joey up in it again so she can wop in it! I had always thought belly dancing dresses showed the belly but I found out that since the 50s, belly dancers in Egypt were banned from showing their midriffs and are required to cover their belly buttons. So now many dancers wear long gowns like this instead. Interesting fact right? There are other dresses that could easily represent Egypt but I’m so glad to have this unique belly dancing dress. OK, so I’m going to change the topic here a little bit. One of the main reasons why I started the #JoeyWorldProject was because I wanted to somehow bring to attention the world’s many diverse and vibrant cultures. To somehow bring the world a little closer through these photos, thanks to the major help from our fans from all over the world who gifted these precious outfits to us. I really want us to be mesmerized by each other’s cultures, to RESPECT and LOVE one another, no matter what race and religion. This past Palm Sunday, two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were bombed and many were killed and wounded. It was such devastating news and I couldn’t help but carry the weight of this heartbreaking news in my heart, cry and pray for them. When I look at each of these different costumes, I don’t just see the dress. I see the people, the language, the religion, the history. Cultures are preserved in these traditional outfits and they will continue to last thru countless generations. Every time a fan sends an outfit, I’m overcome with joy and filled with gratitude that I can have a piece of the world I've never been to and also learn something new about each country. What I hope I can accomplish through this project is also to teach Joey all of this. I hope that she grows up inspired to learn more and live a life that crosses oceans and mountains and never hesitate to extend friendship, respect and love especially to those who are different from her. Thank you everyone for joining us on this project. We hope you are blessed thru this as we have been.

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پیرو

Today’s #JoeyWorldProject comes all the way from #Lima, Peru. 🇵🇪 I have a special place in my heart for #Peru. My sister and I went to Lima and #Cusco in 2007 not only to experience the vibrant Peruvian culture and to hike beautiful #MachuPicchu but we had the honor to teach at a local school and stay with a local family in Cusco on their farm in the mountains. It was probably the best trip of our lives as we fell so deep in love with the people we met and the culture that welcomed us with open arms. We were also so inspired by all of the rich art culture there, from painting and textiles to music and architecture and more. It was surreal just to be there soaking in every sound, sight, and smell. So when one of our fans, Melissa sent us this beautiful dress (and other sweet gifts), memories of our trip came flooding back and it literally brought tears to my eyes. This dress comes from Cusco, most specifically from the Urubamba Valley. It’s used as everyday clothing by some of the women who live there as well as worn in carnivals, special occasions and for folk dancing. The dress is made up of 5 pieces: a skirt, a jacket, a hat (montura), a sort of cape (lliklla) and a string of pom poms (candunga). I remember seeing women and children wearing these everywhere in Cusco. I am so excited to have this dress in my home because of all the precious memories that are attached to it. Thank you so much Melissa for this priceless gift. Congrats on graduating from university and your first hair cut in five years, wow! Can’t wait to meet you and your family when we visit Peru one day!

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گوئٹے مالا

افغانستان

Today is Afghan (Persian) New Year so here is another #JoeyWorldProject entry representing #Afghanistan 🇦🇫! I received this beautiful Afghan dress from our new friend Khatera and her family Ali, Jaala, Ozzy and Asher. We were so honored to have received this stunning dress which was lovingly handmade by Khatera’s mother-in-law's sister who lives in the Ghazni province in Afghanistan. Even the beads were all originally made! In the words of Khatera, “I like to believe with every stitching there’s a story in it.” Their family is from the northeast (Panjshir) and are descendants of Russian/European folk. While most Afghan dresses vary from tribe to tribe or city to city, I was told there are always 3 parts to the outfit. The chador (scarf), firak (dress) and partoog (loose trousers). When I received this in the mail, I couldn’t take my eyes off of all of the intricate handwork that went into this dress. Absolutely beautiful! Khatera wrote to me about how she and her husband immigrated to the US during the Russian/Afghan war that raged on from 1979-89 to live a better life in America. I love what she wrote to me in her letter, “Even though we assimilate ourselves in the American culture, we will never forget where we are from and how our parents sacrificed to be here and to be an upstanding American citizen.” That’s been my story as well, along with millions of other American immigrants. Thank you so much Khatera and family for this precious gift. Happy Afghan New Year! #nowruz #afghandukht

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سعودی عرب

ایکواڈور

چلی

البانیہ

فرانس

سنگاپور

برطانیہ

ویت نام

جاپان

امریکا

How do you put a baby #astronaut to sleep? You rocket. 🚀 #NASA

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بھارت

منگولیا

I am so excited to share with you today’s #JoeyWorldProject that came all the way from #Mongolia. 🇲🇳 My dear friends Agnes, Jene-Robin and Jane came back from a trip there recently where they met with Zoe who gifted this gorgeous Mongolian costume to me. Thank you so much Zoe! This costume needs to be framed and displayed! Thank you ladies also for the horse doll and postcard! The Mongolian traditional costume is called the deel (plural). The Del for everyday wear is gray, brown or some other dark color while the holiday Del, which Joey is wearing here, normally comes in a bright blue, green or claret silk with a silk sash of contrasting color several meters long. The sash serves as a soft corset which helps long riders on horseback. The Del comes with wide, cup-shaped sleeves nicknamed “hooves.” It helps protect the hands from the cold and from injuries while doing hard labor. I have to tell you some amazing facts about Mongolia. Mongolia is referred to as “Land of the Blue Sky” because it has over 260 sunny days a year! There are also 13 times more horses than humans and sheep outnumber humans 35 to 1. A more interesting historical fact about Mongolia is that women had more rights compared to other surrounding Asian societies. For instance in the Mongol Empire, women were able to fight in armies, receive an advanced military education, tend to animal herds, and even assume positions of political power. Mothers and their children would stay at the back of the armies, making the Mongols appear far larger than they actually were. Isn’t that wild? The more I do these Joey World Project posts, the more I learn how incredible each country is and the more beautiful the world is to me. I hope you all enjoying this project as much as I am!

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انڈونیشیاء

بلغاریہ

Здравейте! That’s “hello” in the Bulgarian Cyrillic language! This beautiful Thracian folklore costume comes all the way from #Bulgaria 🇧🇬 from our new friends Petia, Dimitar and their sweet baby Georgi! Thank you so much for sending such a beautiful piece of Bulgarian culture to add to our #JoeyWorldProject! This traditional dress is just one of many different types of traditional garb in Bulgaria but this particular kind is from Petia’s hometown area called Stara Zagora which is in the middle of Bulgaria. I failed to find any information about the history of this dress online but I did what I always do before these Joey World Project posts and read up on each country featured and a take a lesson on history. I learned so much about Bulgaria wow! I did find a couple interesting facts about the country of Bulgaria that might be worth sharing. You’ll have to confirm for me Petia, but I read that Bulgarians shake their heads to mean yes and nod for when they mean no. Actually Joey does the same thing lately. She’ll shake her head when I offer her something to eat and then will gobble it right immediately afterwards. Maybe she’s part Bulgarian haha! Bulgaria is also the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name since it was first established. You go Bulgaria. This happened in 681 AD. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was founded 7000 years ago and is claimed to be the second oldest city in Europe! Wow! This is probably a terrible representation of what is such a unique and colorful country but I’m so glad that I was able to get a little history lesson about Bulgaria and share with you what one of their beautiful traditional dresses looks like!

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برازیل

یوکرائن

کویت

روس

کوسٹاریکا

Today’s #JoeyWorldProject comes all the way from #CostaRica 🇨🇷 from our new friend Dana who lives in San Jose, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is made up of seven different provinces: San Jose, Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, and Limon. Each province has its own unique variation of the traditional costumes for men and women. This particular dress was custom designed and made for Joey from a store called Tienda Paco in Guanacaste where Dana’s mother’s family is originally from. It has a ruffled blouse with a flowery shiny skirt (gola) that goes to the ankles. The skirt usually comes in very bright colors. The hair is typically worn in a braid with a flower. These outfits are usually worn at festivities, dances, cultural events and celebrations. I can just imagine how beautifully these skirts move when the women wear them to dance! Thank you so much Dana and Tienda Paco for gifting us this stunning dress. This skirt is EVERYTHING! The book about your national parks gave me a glimpse of how gorgeous Costa Rica and I’m so grateful to have it in our home library. I have many friends who visited Costa Rica and came back saying only the best things about this country so I’m excited to visit one day especially to see the outdoors and of course to try the famous coffee there. One of my favorite coffee shops here in Los Angeles area is @copa_vida who gets their coffee beans from Costa Rica so I’m already familiar with how delicious the coffee is…but still. I’ve got to get to Costa Rica one day soon and try it for myself! #puravida

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کینیڈا

Oh Canada! Today’s #JoeyWorldProject costume comes from our new friend Shipra & her baby Misha who live in #Toronto, #Canada! 🇨🇦Shipra, I LOVED the package you sent with the maple syrup, ketchup chips, chocolates and the Hortons cups. I especially loved your card and the cute illustration of how to dress her up in this impressive Royal Canadian Mounted Police (#RCMP) uniform. I tried to do my best with the gardening bee hat you sent. Hope it looks somewhat close to the mountie felt hat! Seeing this uniform reminded me of my happy memories visiting Toronto and Quebec when I was a kid and more recently Vancouver and Banff. It’s a country that I absolutely love. Not only is the nature view so breathtakingly beautiful but the people are the nicest I’ve ever encountered. Literally everyone we met was extremely friendly and helpful to us clueless travelers. We’ll never forget their hospitality and generosity. Although Canada doesn’t have a “national dress,” this RCMP uniform is the most recognized Canadian attire so I am so honored to have this in our world series. I know for sure we will be making our way up to Canada again with Joey. Hopefully this year as we got the Discovery Pass which will get us into all the national parks in Canada for free! (You can get one at parkscanada.gc.ca!) Btw, July 1st is a monumental day for Canada this year as they will be celebrating their 150th anniversary, the Sesquicentennial! I’ll be keeping my eye out on the happy celebrations! #ohcanada

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ناروے

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day! 🇳🇴 Today’s #JoeyWorldProject was put together with the help of my dear friend Maddie and her mother Victoria who lives in #Norway. Today is Norway’s Independence Day (May 17), also known as Constitution Day, syttende mai (“seventeenth May”), or #Nasjonaldagen (The National Day). The Constitution of Norway was signed on May 17, 1814 which declared Norway to be an independent kingdom from Sweden & Denmark. On this day every year all over Norway, children walk in celebratory parades. Each elementary school district arranges its own parade with marching bands between schools. The parade takes the children through the community, often making stops at homes of senior citizens, war memorials, etc. Wish I could see these parades in person! Maddie, take us to Norway soon! Thanks to her mother Victoria, we at least have a part of Norway with us in the form of this adorable miniature #bunad which is Norway’s national costume. These dresses come in a variety of colors, fabrics, embroidery and jewelry. Each represent different regions in Norway and traditionally you get a real bunad at the age of 14. If you are lucky you can inherit yours from your grandma or have one made by her! This bunad fit Joey so perfectly and I just want her to walk around everywhere in it ALWAYS. Thank you so much Maddie and Victoria. Happy Independence Day! #syttendemai #nasjonaldag #mittnorge #norge

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جنوبی کوریا

Happy Mother’s Day! I saved this #JoeyWorldProject costume from #Korea 🇰🇷 for today in honor of my sweet mother and mother-in-law who are both Korean. This beautiful #hanbok (#한복) was sent by Heather from @seoulfulfamily. Thank you so much Heather. We’re so thrilled to have this hanbok and hope it can be like an heirloom to be passed down after Joey! The hanbok dress typically consists of an upper garment called jeogori worn with a wraparound skirt called chima. It’s been said that the open arms of the jeogori represent the warmth and embrace of the Korean people while the voluminous skirts symbolize space and freedom. Hanboks come in different colors which represented different symbols and status in life back in the day. For instance the color red symbolized good fortune and wealth so the color was often used for women’s wedding garments. The color yellow represented the center of the universe, which was often worn by royalty. Indigo symbolized constancy, which was often used for the ladies of the court and court officials. Embroidery of plants, animals and other elements of nature also symbolized different meanings. For instance, peonies meant honor & wealth, lotus flowers meant nobility, and bats & pomegranates meant a desire for children. Joey here is wearing a gulle on her head which was worn by children ages 1-5 years old during the late Joseon period. She’s also wearing a gold ring and bracelet which my mother bought for Joey for her first birthday, which is a typical tradition for babies turning one in Korea. I’ve actually never worn a hanbok before but it fills my heart with joy seeing Joey in one. I'm itching for the day we can take Joey to visit Korea, my motherland, for the first time. I’m so glad I can share this image today for my dear mothers who I love so much. I love you mommies! #대한민국 #한복드레스

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