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BBC News – Courting controversy with t-shirts in Saudi Arabia

A young Saudi designer has turned his talent into a profitable business by designing t-shirts, rather than traditional abayas and kandouras. His ‘walking canvases’ have courted controversy and provoked some debate, but are proving a hit across the Arab world. Hani Alireza, the founder of Wasta, told the BBC‘s Ben Thompson about his success.

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Strange Random T-Shirt Quote:
“Upon the Advice of My Attorney, My Shirt Bears No Message at This Time”
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  1. Dee
    July 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    typical BBC article. Of course no mention of the negatives of Saudi Arabia, only mention “Courting controversy”, but don’t say what the controversey is. How PC.

    • July 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Dee,

      First off, thanks for taking the time to comment on the post.

      I tend to agree with you, they could have mentioned if he’s been the object of death threats or whatever. It’s certainly clear from the samples of his work that he likes to tackle cultural issues (censorship, women’s dress, etc.) and it would be good to know what kind of reaction it has had.

      I worked as a teacher for 3 months in Saudi Arabia (many moons ago … just after the end of Desert Storm, in fact), so apart from the interest I think the interview has for our readers, I also have a personal interest in saluting someone who’s taking positive steps to change people’s perceptions through the art of the T-Shirt!

      All the best!

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