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Hana Tajima
Clothing designer
Saugerties, New York

Tell us about this look.
I made the skirt and top from vintage kimono fabric I bought in Japan. There is a crispness to this silk that made me want to treat it almost like paper, simple folds and overlaps. The hijab is from my collaboration with Uniqlo and the leggings and long-sleeve shirt are both Uniqlo. The boots are Aldo from a few seasons ago. The earrings are by Young Frankk, and the rest of the jewelry is vintage.

How would you describe your style?
My style is fairly eclectic, but with a minimal thread running through it all. I’m more and more drawn to simplicity and interesting details, things you wouldn’t necessarily notice at first.

How has being Muslim influenced your fashion?
Growing up, I used making clothes as a way of making sense of how I felt. As I started exploring Islam, I found that I was exploring it in the things I made, too. It’s really subjective when it comes to how people interpret the idea of covering, but generally the fit is looser, and all but the face and hands are covered. Working within these boundaries brought me to ideas I would never have come across, and it made me really look at the idea of beauty in different cultures.

How do you incorporate your hijab into your look?
It’s helpful to keep it simple, making it more of a base than an embellishment. I have a few different iterations in the way I style the hijab, and about three different scarves, in various lengths and colors, that I alternate between.

Tell me about your favorite piece of clothing.
I have a couple of pieces that belonged to my grandmother, including a long silk dress that must have been made for her. I love that it contains the shape of her body.

Do you have any advice for women looking to integrate their religion or culture into their style?
I think there’s a balance between experimentation and knowing what is true to you that is so invaluable.


By Rachel Withers

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Photographed by Seher Sikandar

 

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