10 Arab Women Who Design For A Cause

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Arab designers entered the world's fashion radar and have occupied the red carpet ever since their name became a staple in the fashion world.

These designers continuously use their cultural and historical heritage in their creations, never ceasing to promote their Arab identity and resilience.

Here are 10 women who use their designs for a bigger purpose:


1. Lili Aiya Studio by Maryam Solati and Noor Salih (Iraq)

The dynamic Iraqi duo Maryam Solati and Noor Salih not only became popular for their brand Lili Aiya Studio, that features modest contemporary designs, but also for their countless contributions to charity. 

With their designs, they have generated funds that support women in need through numerous charities.

2. Nour Najem (Lebanon)

Lebanese Nour Najem, founder and fashion designer of her eponymous brand, links fashion and women empowerment. Her innovative designs led her to win the Dubai Fashion Prize.

Her non-profit organization Kenzah's goal is to protect rare artisanal crafts of the Arab world by teaching the techniques to underprivileged women.


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3. Dumye by Sahar Wehbe (UAE)

UAE-based Sahar Wehbe is the woman behind the creation of Dumye, a handmade doll company threaded with charity.

Every doll purchased allows Wehbe to gift one of her handmade dolls to an underprivileged child or orphan, who can create their own doll at one of her workshops.

4. Mochi by Ayah Tabari (Palestine)

Palestinian Ayah Tabari is the founder and brainchild of Mochi, a brand that thrives on the concept of supporting stitching communities all over the world.

Tabari's designs use ethnic fabrics from different places; each collection creates job opportunities for women who practice artisanship in the craft of traditional weaving.


5. For the love of Syria by Dima Mahjoub and Dania Haffar (Syria)

Syrian duo Dania Haffar and Dima Mahjoub are the creatives behind the iconic "souria" gold cuff. 

Their jewelry brand For the love of Syria captures the essence of the damascene culture and their endless love for their country. 

Hoping to make a difference, an amount of the proceeds goes to different charities in Syria and Lebanon.


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