Zazi Resort Collection 2019 | Photography by Stephan Dotter


ZAZI Vintage - Resort Collection 2019

This collection was made in Kabul, Afghanistan by our social enterprise partners Zarif Design, with pure silk and recycled ikat from Uzbekistan. 

65% of the artisans were women

45% of artisans saved part of their income from the order

67% of artisans were returnees or Internally Displaced People

Zarif - Our Social Enterprise Partners

Zarif was part of a unique experience in the collaboration with Zazi-Vintage. 

During this order, 64% of Zarif artisans received training that contributed to their income-generating prospects.

New skills included; business and admin, applying technical skills to new designs such as Wrap tops, Kaftans and picnic dresses, and working with new materials. 

Click here to download the full impact assessment report. 

Nasima, Zarif Design

Mohammad, Zarif Design

Abdul, Zarif Design

Samia jan, Zarif Design


“I am learning so much in my role here at Zarif Design. For this order I learned more about quality control and finishing of the order before packing. I enjoy my job here; it satisfies my daily needs and gives me a sense of purpose.”

Nasima , 62 years old

I’ve been working with Zarif Design for a long time, about ten years. I have 2 children, and the extra work through Zarif means my children can have a better education and we have enough food as a family. I also get to learn new skills and that is very useful.”

Mohammad Mohsin, 57 years old

‘’I am working with Zarif on the Zazi order. I am enjoying earning some money for my family. I don’t have children, but this income supports my whole family, as well as giving me more financial independence.”

Abdul Rasul, 36 years old

“I enjoy working to support my 4 children and family.I am the only one in the family who is able to work and earn income through Zarif Design. With the new order, I cover all of our costs and I can set some money aside for the future too.”

Samia jan, 40 years old


Fräulein Magazine – Zazi Vintage x Ethical Fashion Initiative

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