I am originally from Somalia, and now based in London. My design work reflects my personal journey, I was 6 years old when i got cut, my grandmother took me to my uncle's house so that I can get FGM (female genital mutilation ) . 6 people held me down by siting on my stomach, holding my head down, arms and held my legs apart, and she cut me with a razor.
A personal exploration of my past, the project reflects the beauty within modest fashion, oversized clothing and sporty streetwear. As I dug deeper into the lifestyles around FGM and how it could inspire this collection, it led to physical garments, individual forms of protest for young girls around the world.
In line with modest attitudes, the collection is about the expression of personality without the attention of the shape of the body. Self-identity and self-expression are channelled through bold beautiful colours of the modest streetwear-inspired garments. Stemming from the rich heritage of Somalia, the silhouettes also reflect the lifestyle of the country. The streetwear inspiration is picked from the people in Somali, kids are seen wearing sports outfits and adults adorn colourful flowy clothing.
The flowing of the clothing and the modesty is redefined through colourful play. Patterns are printed on the garments with labels that reflect the designers past. techniques were based on a personal mat owned by the designer's mother and brought from Somalia, accompanied by reflective material and handwritten text creating hidden and deeper messages (JIRKEEYGA= My body). Accentuating the oversized fit on the body, the garments are meant to make a woman feel secure and comfortable.
mat print in blue as the Somali flag with reflective (JIRKEEYGA) in my own hand writing.