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Fashion Line Focused on 'Tribal Chic'

A Palestinian designer with a focus on vibrant chain-stitched embroidery and “tribal chic” is getting a lot of attention in the fashion world. Ayah Tabari’s Mochi line was featured in British Vogue, her pieces coveted by across-the-pond notables like Rita Ora and Poppy Delevingne.

For each collection, the Dubai-based brand travels to different countries to gain inspiration. Mochi’s one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories are hand-embroidered by artisans from those locations, according to Mochi’s website.

“For me, what’s important is when wearing the clothes you get a sense of the country in terms of production and in terms of workmanship. Quality is very important to me,” Tabari told British Vogue. “I’m so happy to see women appreciating embroidery and artisan work.”

Tabari was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and studied in London before settling in Dubai, UAE. Her fashion line’s name comes from a Hindu caste in the Gujarat region of India. The Mochis were known for both shoemaking and intricate embroidery.