Sheikha Fatema Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Initiative & Norma Kamali - 'Weaving for a brighter future'

FBMI announce “Weaving for a brighter future”  in collaboration with Norma Kamali on May 26th 2014.

Award Winning New York designer launches collection of handmade carpets to spotlight the plight of Afghan Women.

UAE based FBMI,  Her Highness Sheikha Fatema Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Initiative, is proud to launch its latest collaborative venture with internationally renowned designer Norma Kamali. The collection of 12 handmade carpets are designed to draw focus on the plight of Afghan women and to give them an opportunity for employment and empowerment.

Norma Kamali on empowerment carpets:

"I am honoured to be part of this wonderful opportunity to design a commercial product for the global market created by the women of Afghanistan, thanks to Her Highness Sheikha Fatema Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for this incredible initiative that empowers women".  

“Weaving for a brighter future” is a wonderful name for this collection. I hope we can build a global business where awareness of the brands mission and the resulting profits help to build a community of productive women who are able to take care of their children's needs including health, education and well being."

Launched in 2010, FBMI is a unique enterprise that takes a comprehensive approach to development leveraging both private entrepreneurship and sustainable social services. It offers women employment in the weaving industry, while also providing them critical social services including training, healthcare and education.

Norma Kamali is an internationally recognised designer who is lauded for a timeless and innovative approach to fashion. Norma's entire career has been a platform for her life goal which is to help, enhance and empower women. It is this passion that has inspired the collection and the collaboration for Afghan women.

The 'Empowerment Carpets' exhibit will be opened by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Norma Kamali at 7pm on May 26th, 2014 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi and will host an assortment of VIP guests from both the UAE'S artistic and business sectors as well as Ministers and Royal Dignitaries.

The collection will remain on display until June 1st for the general public.


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