Ekaterina Larsson for Fashion Stories: The Embroidery, it is very Balkan.
Lamija: Yes, I look at the national dresses and like the embroidery, the beads – it is very detailed. This is what I like when I work – details. I like heavy ornaments and combining that with the Swedish minimalistic silhouette. So this is my specialty.
Not only, I use silver and gold threads. And they have a lot of color sections as well, but for me the white and black I see it more as telling my story about the past and the future, which is Bosnia and Sweden for me.
Even looking at my sketch books I always use pictures in black and white even if they are in color I will remake them in black and white because I do not like seeing color when I work. It has to do with the past and the history and what I like looking at.
In my new collection the theme is child birth. I was looking at the female side, which is the egg. So if you look at it microscopically it has a circle (the whole) and a double circle in it. So that is why I used eyelets – a technique I immediately thought of when I saw the picture of the eggs. And I also thought of the male side and the sperm, which is very organic. So I drew a laser cut pattern, which I use in the collection as a fabric. And a third pattern is combining that, which is symbolic of the way a child is created and is in the body – I used the eyelet (the circle) and the organic kind of line, which I made a lacing out of. So these are the three stages how a child is created and the story around the collection.