Haneen’s Fashion Show
On Thursday, February 26th, my friend Haneen Ahmad had her second fashion show in Seattle, showcasing the amazing line of clothing she has been working on for the past few months. Her website can be seen here.
Among the works she was showing were t-shirts with a Mahmoud Darwish quote I designed for her.
Haneen is second from the right.
Hipsters rocking my calligraphy!
It says “Record! I am Arab!” and is taken from the first lines of Darwish’s famous poem “Identity Card“.
She works with kuffiyas (also known as hatta, shemagh, or mandil), traditionally patterned scarves worn in Arab countries, and fashions them into jackets, ties, skirts, and shirts. It is often difficult to find anything but red-and-white checked or black-and-white checked kuffiyas, except in Yemen, where one can find every color combination possible. When coming back from Yemen, I brought her a whopping 200 kuffiyas with me. Before I came home, I layed them out on the floor of our mufraj. It was a sight to behold.
In June, I went up to visit Seattle and Haneen and we put the Mahmoud Darwish quote onto a silk-screen together.
Amazing work Haneen, I’m rooting for you all the way from here!