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Klara Khani



Designing Woman Klara Khani











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Klara Khani

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    Klara Khani belongs to the Traditional Roma community of the Gabor tribe commonly referred to as the Brahmin of Roma society for their ultra-orthodox ways and preservation of their ancestral traditions tracing back to their Hindu-Indian origins. She is member of a family of tinsmiths, the traditional Gabor trade, in a society that follows the Indian Jati system of identifying by the inherent male trade. The “ping” of her father’s rhythmic hammer echoes throughout the Gabor courtyard and which now clashes with the churning wheel of Klara’s sewing machine. Other moments of the day

Klara’s competitive little hammer can be heard against the heavier male’s hammer as she bangs in a hundred little nails used to form the pleats of her skirts and aprons. It’s the Gabor unique style of pleating their clothing that gives it that distinct style and shrinks the lengthy ten meters of material into a single skirt/apron. Klara works the traditional way – the old fashioned way - also known as the Gypsy way; it’s slow and meticulous yet in so doing fully absorbs the Gypsy Spirit and all its passions.

 
All work is done “in house”. There is no outsourcing and which is another characteristic of Roma/Gypsy work ethics. Klara Khani does it all starting with the purchasing of her materials and which requires a lot of haggling, designs her special brands of aprons and skirts and then goes about wildly creating. Later she sells and which again includes a lot of gypsy haggling

Klara began making her dresses back in 2012.

Our little project was looking for a Roma seamstress. I was talking with Klara’s mother because if ever you want to know something about the Roma traditions than she’s the one to go to.

 Our little project was in the market for a dressmaker because even though these exquisite costumes are seen in this part of Romania, particularly at the Roma’s home-away-from-home marketplace, there is, nevertheless, no clear way or place to purchase. The demand exists yet the supply is nowhere to be fund unless you are “in the club”, so to speak, a member of the tribe.

I was asking her if she knew someone who could make the skirts.

Klara surprised us all by calling out from her corner of the room - “I’ll do it!”

“But do you know how?”

   “No, not yet, but I’ll learn” – and learn she did. She bought a machine with money she earned through her small business selling perfumes – and then calculatingly went about “stealing the trade” (a popular term of the Gypsies referring to the practice of learning by watching those who know and then doing yourself.) She learned alright, she learned beautifully, but more than that, she began rapidly improving her performance from duplicating to innovating. She began creating her own line of Gabor style dresses and to the point she was being noticed by Roma society’s crème de crème, the trendsetting "Kalaposho" - Roma royalty.

 Klara is a go-getter and she needs to be because she is a special kind of Gabor. Dubbed “rebel in a gypsy dress” for her emancipated views and a strong will-power within the patriarchal Roma society where women endure a second class status and expected to do what they’re told. Her strong will power and emancipated views freed her from an abusive marriage – and strengthened her resistance to the overwhelming pressure from everywhere including within the family to conform – and “be a good girl”. She is today a single mom and sole supporter of two beautiful kids, Boby and Rita. She shelters, feeds and sends her children to school with the incomes from her dress making

    We hope to increase Klara Khani’s demand and fuel her drive towards reaching her unlimited potential and independence where she can raise her family well and without the constant snubs and demoralizing gossip raging within the tightly closed and yet formidable Gabor society that nourishes discrimination and its heavy psychological and financial burden…  We hope to continue nurturing Klara's extremely important role within Roma/Gabor society as a trailblazer and successful positive model of equality. Give the woman a chance and see the good she does.



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