Hi, my name is Houda Guess, and I am Arabic and American woman as well. I was born and raised in Morocco. I moved here to the United States when I was 16 years old. The life in America is great and I have learned many different exciting things. American culture has been enriched by the values and belief systems of virtually every part of the world. The United States of America thrives on diversity. A synthesis of the world’s plentiful and varied races, religions, and cultures, America is a home to all. Plus, the fusion of cultures here is so unique and so exceptional that citizens can be just as proud of their original cultural heritage as they are to be an American. The diversity is very valuable.
One of many things that impress me in the United States is the fashion. America is home to many great known designers in the world. Even though, I am conservative and I wear a scarf on my head, I am still fashionable. This is the way I am and I cannot change that. Let me tell you few things about Morocco. On the other hand, Morocco is a rich country in terms of history, traditions, people, culture, religion, climate, geography and so forth. Every one of these aspects of the country influences how Moroccan people are dressed. Among the variety of clothes in Morocco, we find the kaftan, the fine garment that speaks of the luxurious clothing style of the country. Kaftan comes in different styles and it changes over the years.
The Moroccan Kaftan continues to be an important constituent of Morocco’s cultural identity. Kaftan is the pride of every Moroccan woman. It symbolizes her simplicity and her sophistication; her femininity and beauty. We travel back into time to the epoch of the Ottoman Empire. Because, I have the inspiration for fashion, I am working with a great team for a company that is helping people to have better lives. My team support artisans and designers affected by war/conflict, human trafficking/slavery, refuge status and other economically-challenging situations.
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