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  • Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council’s Bidwa Social Development Programme, Bidwa Collection 2016

    Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council’s Bidwa Social Development Programme, Bidwa Collection 2016

    Nestled at the base of the rugged Hajar mountains, the small coastal fishing town of Dibba Al Hisn, seems an unlikely place to begin the story of a sold-out, limited edition luxury handbag collection. Yet, it’s here that a group of female artisans – all mothers and grandmothers – endeavoured to work with designers from British luxury retailer Asprey to handcraft traditional textile braiding to adorn some of the company’s most sought-after, and expensive, handbags.

    Fresh liberty

    Fresh liberty

    I wasn’t an eager graduate. I wasn’t dying to get into the real world. I was much less optimistic about the transition than I am today. So, I wrote this note a couple of weeks before graduating about how I wanted the world to be. And if anyone else is pessimistic, then know you aren’t alone. But also that, as I’ve gone on, I’ve discovered you can find a way to shine through the obstacles. I’ve seen that many of my fears are not substantiated by what I witnessed or experienced. I saw talent being celebrated in interviews, including my own. I’m still waiting for my big break– and all the little breaks before that– but I’m waiting happily.