I am a London-born, Somali household-raised, writer and dirac designer. INA’XAASHI (my pen name which means daughter of Hashi) is a project rooted in my personal experiences as a Brit of Somali heritage that explores cultural belonging through fashion and writing.
The project began because I wanted clothes that reflect my own, and my city’s, diverse cultural influences so I started experimenting with contemporary ways to wear the dirac, a form of traditional Somali dress. Exploring my cultural heritage through fashion soon progressed to include other creative forms, including autobiographical storytelling, interviews with Somali diaspora, opinion pieces and photography showcasing Somali-inspired fashion.
I’m passionate about providing a space for creative expression of multicultural influences and honest, open discussion of issues affecting Western-raised Somali diaspora.