Muslim artist Azra Khamissa collaborates with Adidas to make henna shoes
One of the world’s largest sportswear manufacturers, Adidas recently collaborated with Dubai-based Muslim artist Azra Khamissa to produce three uniquely designed sneakers using henna. The collaborations also included local creatives Latifa Saeed, Christopher Joshua Benton and Hessa.
When announcing the project on her Instagram account, @dr.azra, Khamissa said that using henna on her skin was fun and quite difficult for her. She tells her followers that they can find sneakers with her henna designs at the new Adidas Originals store in Dubai Mall.
From the photo she uploaded to Instagram, it can be seen that the three sneaker designs that are the result of Khamissa’s work feature striking henna designs with Henna’s distinctive color of brownish yellow standing out. on the all-white sneakers. Additionally, the first high top features a detailed striped design, the second with zig-zags, and the third features a full wavy pattern.
This collaboration marks an important step in the career of a regional artist who is also a chiropractor, hence the nickname dr.Azra. Azra Khamissa, a 30-year-old Canadian-South African chiropractor-designer, has recently become widely known for spearheading a new creative wave that takes the ancient art of henna in a more modern direction.
Using her hands as a canvas for her work, Khamissa often shares beautiful and attractive contemporary henna designs with her 153,000 followers on Instagram. Azra Khamissa has taken a vital step in promoting modern style henna for everyday use to a wider audience than traditional designs.
For more than 5,000 years, the use of henna has been widespread in mainland North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Henna is usually applied and beautifies the hands and feet in the form of a henna herbal paste. Traditional henna designs incorporate flourishes and floral arrangements that symbolize strength and beauty.
However, Khamissa is more interested in introducing a minimalist Bedouin design such as a simple circle she draws on her hand, an eclipsed moon on her forearm, a snake writhing between fingers and tendons, with a design of checkered squares and frangipani without petals. .