Founder, Bibi Zahra
Prolific in practice, Bibi Zahra is skilled in sewing, crocheting, and knitting. Under her eponymously titled label, Bibi Zahra infuses contemporary garments and footwear with traditional techniques.
Bibi Zahra started her business in Afghanistan, where she created hats and beanies, before moving onto crocheted jackets for weddings. Banned from using electricity in her former hometown, she would often close the doors and windows to secretly sew long into the night. Since moving to Australia, she has expanded her range to include embroidered pillowcases, tablecloths and bed covers and is looking to produce hand-embroidered sandals in 2022.
Wed 11 Aug 2021 - Sat 30 Jul 2022
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.