Egyptian designer tailors clothing brand for people with disabilities

In this news, we discuss the Egyptian designer tailors clothing brand for people with disabilities.

When Ashgan al-Abhar’s wheelchair friend said that she dreamed of wearing a dress that did not hinder her mobility, she decided to start a clothing brand for people with disabilities and short people. Earlier this year, she launched “Metfasal Leek” – in Arabic for “Tailored for you” – a clothing line which she says is the first of its kind in Egypt.

Al-Abhar, 43, said that after working with various companies on ways to meet the needs of people with disabilities, she noticed that they were not served by clothing manufacturers. “People of short stature would have a hard time finding their size in the market,” she says.

She uses volunteers to test the clothes, giving them free samples, before a planned commercial launch. One volunteer, Ziad Hamdy, suffers from a disability that prevents him from easily using his hands and fingers.

“I couldn’t button my shirt, buckle my pants,” he said. Hamdy now has hook-and-loop fasteners instead of buttons, which he says saves him a lot of time and effort. Al-Abhar hopes this initiative will help change opinions about people with disabilities and persuade the public “to stop associating them with charity.”

“It makes us feel like we are like everyone else,” said volunteer Hanan Fouad.

News Highlights:

  • When Ashgan al-Abhar’s wheelchair friend said that she dreamed of wearing a dress that did not hinder her mobility, she decided to start a clothing brand for people with disabilities and short people. “Small people would have a hard time finding their size in the market,” she says. She uses volunteers to test the clothes, giving them free samples, before a planned commercial launch.
  • Egyptian designer adapts clothing brand for people with disabilities
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