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Roxy (Masuma Akther), moved from Chittagong, Bangladesh to Australia with every good intention to teach science. But within a month of arriving, designer Sally Phillips snapped up Roxy for her needlework artistry. Orders flowed and a childhood dream to design and work in fashion became a career reality in that fateful 2009.
When she was 11, Roxy began needlework in tandem with her older sister. Friends and neighbours shared their skills and Roxy’s mum taught them Kantha (traditional Bangladeshi quilting).
In Roxy’s words, her craft is “The tradition of east. Fashion of west.” Traditional stitches, crochet, knitting, weaving, beading and macramé, learnt over time and continents, are adapted in contemporary ways using thread, rope, chain, wire, fabric, leather and beads. The design, detail and quality in Roxy’s work also echoes her botanical science background.
Sally Phillips, Ottilie, Guildhouse, Nexus, Muslim Women’s Association of SA, and independent clients repeatedly commission Roxy.
To have a special occasion garment embellished, a custom made accessory or wearable art, contact Roxy…“Seeing my work worn is rewarding.”