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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on the power of fashion — That’s Not My Age


Nazanin Zaghari- Ratcliffe in Harper’s Bazaar


Stitched Again Collectively is an excellent function in Harper’s Bazaar Could concern written by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The British-Iranian journalist emphasizes the connection between garments and identification and the way this was faraway from her in the course of the six years she was held as a political prisoner. ‘Garments are a vital a part of our identification. They reveal so much about us…In most circumstances in life, we personal the ability over what we put on.’

Incarcerated in jail, prisoners are dressed identically in outsized uniforms; the 50-year-old writes about worth of upcycling, inventiveness, making garments and passing them on. Creativity and sharing make life extra bearable. For the function, Zaghari-Ratcliffe fashions a few the made-in-prison attire, together with the mustard yellow one she wore on her launch (above).

‘Passing on garments was a typical observe as a approach of exhibiting folks they have been particular to you. By garments, you have been related to the prisoners earlier than and after you, only a momentary custodian of those clothes. It made you realise you have been a part of a wider battle, a broader neighborhood of girls enduring injustice.’


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s embroidery. Picture: Harper’s Bazaar


The ladies are allowed to obtain a seasonal quota of clothes from their households, and, unusually, to decorate up for particular events. Zaghari-Ratcliffe talks about her assortment of Liberty print materials again in London and saving them for finest. ‘One way or the other, I managed to get them despatched over to me… Jail had taught me there was no such factor as a particular second; the one particular second we now have is now. Mockingly, the Liberty material that I had purchased as a free particular person landed in my arms after I had no liberty in any respect, and related me to the times I used to be free.’

Whereas inside, separated from her younger daughter, Zaghari-Ratcliffe knitted two youngsters’s cardigans and made a Liberty print romper go well with. ‘Garments have been an enormous a part of our survival – the best way they helped us make a distinct world inside and stored our connections to the world outdoors.’


Learn the Harper’s Bazaar function HERE. And take heed to a current interview with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 4 Girl’s Hour HERE.




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