Sonya Ahmed created Nahara in 2013. After working as a doctor for almost 15 years, she decided to pursue a lifelong interest in textiles and a passion for exploring the interface between traditional philosophy and contemporary design. Sonya joined SPINNA Circle in 2014.
For the debut collection of scarves and clothing, Nahara collaborated with London-based calligraphy artist, Samir Malik to portray a contemporary and abstract interpretation of an ancient and sacred art form. The first collection of clothing was made in a small workshop in London and the silk scarves were made in Italy.
Nahara’s upcoming collection uses geometric motifs inspired by the South Indian silver and metal craft of Bidri work, and incorporates both printing and embroidery. As the label develops, Nahara is developing links with weaving co-operatives and artisans and will promote the people who keep these crafts and traditional skills alive.