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Bags of conscience in Beirut.

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Sarah Beydoun is the founder and director of Sarah's Bag, creating bags with a difference. She earned her master's degree from the Universite Saint-Joseph, Beirut, where she wrote her thesis on female prostitution and women prisoners in Lebanon. She went on to combine her interest in bettering underprivileged women's lives with her love for fashion and set up her company as part of a rehabilitation programme, whereby women at risk from economic deprivation, or the stigma of having served time in prison, would learn valuable skills in return for a reliable income and a source of empowerment. In the process, these women would be helping to protect the centuries--old traditions of artisans and textile makers in the Middle East for contemporary fashion. In 2008, the exhibition in memory of Oum Kalthoum at l'Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, invited Sarah's Bag to showcase their clutch bag featuring the Egyptian icon (above).

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Title Annotation:Compass 06/2010: News and views from around the world; Sarah's Bag
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Jun 1, 2010
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