Egyptian designer, Nadia Zarkani managed to draw attention in the Arab region this week after Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan toted a bag of her design during Jordan’s celebration of its National Day on May 25th.
This was not the first time for a first lady in the Arab world to be spotted in her designs. Intissar El Sisi, the spouse of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, toted her designs at important historical events in Egypt.
The distinguished designer built a career for herself in a field that she loves since her childhood, the world of bags.
Zarkani traveled a lot and the more she traveled to different countries, the further she fell in love with Egypt and the further her artistic vision was able to capture the many cultures and civilizations in Egypt and create beautiful handicrafts Egypt, which made her open a workshop that includes gifted, skilled craftsmen, who work in the field of bags since 2009.
The designer presented her designs and ideas in the workshop, which produce bags that capture the hearts and minds.
Zarkani makes all her designs from natural leather and uses the traditional Egyptian arts of seashell, copper art, hand-embroidered beads, and other Egyptian arts to create exquisitely, high-quality designs, which made her designs worn by many people of high taste and celebrities such as Hend Sabry, Amina Khalil, and international star Salma Hayek.
In an interview with “SEE”, she opened about her feeling when Mrs. Intissar El Sisi wore her designs.
Zarkani expressed her great gratitude, especially as the first lady encourages the local Egyptian product and always wears from Egyptian designers, noting this is a huge and indescribable encouragement from her.
Talking about the summer collection, the designer noted that summer means bright colors like red and orange.
She relied on seashells as well as beads and embroideries made by El Arish people to present summer designs created with optimism.
Zarkani shared what she cares most about the bag, which is the quality and the finish.
She advised every woman before buying a bag to try new styles, as it rejuvenates her look, noting: “We women always need to rejuvenate.”
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Al-Zarqani also shared her wish to make a school to teach the art of bags to preserve the heritage of these professions.
Contributed by Yara Sameh