By: Ranin Elgaby
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:11:22
Can you introduce yourself to us?
I am Mounaz and I am Aya, we are two sisters who
Can you tell me how did you get the
idea of Okthein?
Basically, I am a local artist and my sister is a designer, a
year ago we decided to collaborate and we didn't know whether we want to be in
fashion or furniture or jewelry. We just work together and we like design
The idea came to us almost a year ago, we love fashion and
love to dress up, so we thought why not to try design our own bags. Coincidentally,
we went Moaz Eldin Street as I and My sister love to go there, especially my
sister, she loves going there and seeing architecture. We really get inspired
We saw many buildings, they were very beautiful and we imagined
taking part of them and turn them to some designs. It was a good idea, so we
took many pictures and went back home, printed them and put them at the studio,
and then started to imagine pieces of architecture till we just came up with
the design of the doom and forests. We want to revive our history like Indians,
they used their cultures to come up with line and so do we, trying to revive
the ancient Egyptian jewelry and Egyptian fashion. There’s much more than
ancient Egyptians, there’s also Moaz Eldin Street and a lot of other things.
There are all of these cultures; basically we want to show Egyptian culture
everywhere. It's our next door step.
Now I know why I see a lot of pictures
Yes, exactly, we even put a lot of pictures in Instagram. We
tried to show some of them, we tried to explain the idea in a catalog, and
here if you can see the black board, you will understand more.
What’s your future plan?
Our future plans, actually we’re working on a very interesting
collection for spring summer, and another thing from something else from khan
EL khalili. There will be the last piece from Fatimid Dynasty as well; we think
all people will love that. There’s another thing that's very exciting, but we
are keeping it as a secret for now. We are going to have the theme of woman
empowerment as well. We also have Elsok, it's very exciting and has more
colorful. We can't wait to show all of that to people and know their feedback.
Do you want to add another thing?
No, we are very thankful; we didn't really
expect that welcome. Thanks to people who came to us and saw the collections
and the catalog. We are very happy, grateful and appreciate their love.