In addition to developing patterns based on the Yemeni clothes, I try to find fabrics that resemble the fabrics they used in Yemen. We all know the fabrics we see in the Hena ceremony- Rich, colorful, brocade fabrics, in green, red, gold. But these aren’t exactly the colors and textures they wore on a daily basis.
The day-to-day clothes were much simpler, and not as colorful. They wore cotton or linen, in black, dark blue, sometimes stripes. The color in their outfits came from the embroidery the women added to the clothes and head covers.
I really try to avoid using dark colors in my collections, I try to use as many colors as I can. So when I do use dark fabrics, I try to use the ones that remind me of the Yemeni outfits.
When I had to choose fabrics for Santorini dress, that’s exactly what I had in mind- So I used black or dark-grey, and blue cotton fabrics, they were also relatively stiff and didn’t have that easy fall we like to have in dresses sometimes. By choosing these fabrics I also made sure that Santorini dress will have that extra-large dress without using too much fabric.
The gorgeous Hagit Raz Ben Yishai wearing Black Santorini Dress
There’s no doubt that this is something you must get used to, some women feel that these dresses make them look big (or bigger). Personally, I feel that this is the perfect item for summer or Israeli Winter…. I wear them when I know I need to be outside all day and I don’t want my clothes to stick.
The last element in Yemeni clothes is the embroidery. As I mentioned, many times, the embroidery was the element that added color to the outfit, there are dozens of patterns that can be added, and in many cases, the women used gold and silver threads.
Embroidery is an art which takes hours and days to create if you want the pattern to look good. It’s not cheap, but it was important to me to have at least 1 item with real hand-made embroidery. So, in my first collection, I chose Noya dress to be the lucky dress and gave 2 dresses to be decorated. And the result was incredible!! Hopefully, in the future I will create similar items, nothing can compete with the beauty of embroidery.