Karim Adduchi has lived in Amsterdam since 2011, but his collections begin with the rich heritage of Morocco. His work celebrates the textiles, weaving traditions and embroidery techniques practised by Moroccan artisans for generations. From reed-like material used for floormats, to Berber-woven carpets – Adduchi celebrates the complexity of people and challenges narrow definitions of the ‘other’.

One look, featuring feathers, is inspired by the 12th century text, The Conference of the Birds, by Farid ud-Din Attar. This epic sufi poem is an allegory of the soul’s search for meaning.

For this look Adduchi and Lipika Bansal of Textiel Factorij have collaborated with diverse embroidery communities in India, and incorporated a range of embroidered textiles, both old and new, into a patchworked garment.

The collaboration has also involved research into Indian embroidery traditions, particularly the Indian ‘mochi’ embroidery technique, which found its way into Dutch high-society clothing in the 17th and 18th centuries. The project attempts to reverse the colonial relationship between Dutch designers and Indian craftspeople from centuries ago, trialling a model of long-distance exchange and mutual respect.