Abida was inspired by her mother's heritage and Bangladeshi culture which was presented throughout her collection, using Bengali typography prints.
My message is to take pride in your culture and upbringing. Do not be afraid to hide your identity behind what you wear, rather you should let your identity shine through, in the way you present yourself.
The journey began by looking through my mother's belongings such as her wedding attire, jewellery, old photos and learning about her life. From this, I gathered ideas of intricate henna patterns which were formed as mark-making techniques and this idea came from looking at the details of my mum’s wedding saree. Then I learnt that my mother was a Bengali language teacher a few years ago and this grew my interest in learning the Bangla language.
I did a lot of research and found out that Bangladesh was the first country to fight for their language on 21st February 1952 which is now recognised as International Mother Language Day. My mother played a big role in my inspiration and this influenced me to show the younger generation that we need to take pride in our Bengali culture and show how much importance the Bangla language has in our lives.
A spring/summer 2021 collection that has been designed in recognition of 21st February 1952, International Mother Language Day. Each printed fabric has been designed with intricate henna patterns, mark-making techniques and Bengali typography along with intricate bead work.