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Taliban can take away freedom of dress, but designer won’t give up style

A unique approach to tradition pushes back against the Taliban’s oppressive ideals

Sonia Elks

Kabul-born fashion designer Anjilla Seddeqi has long drawn inspiration for her formalwear collections from the bright, intricate and embellished traditional dress of Afghan women.

But now, with the Taliban back in power, she and other émigré Afghan women are championing their homeland’s rich clothing heritage to protest against a new dress code for female students and help women affected by the movement’s return.

“I feel like what the Taliban are trying to do is to eradicate Afghan women from society in general, and then to also eradicate our culture. And part of that is our dress,” Seddeqi, 39, said by phone from Australia, where she moved as a child...

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