Have you ever wondered where members of folklore associations dress? How often do you see around that national costumes can be bought? And if it can, how much is it, and would it is profitable to make?
Sabiha Mahmutović is the perfect answer for those who need folk costumes.
Sabiha is MI-BOSPO client who has been successfully sewing for more than twenty years, and most of all she has succeeded in making folk costumes. It is even more impressive and successful when you know that Sabiha is a self-taught tailor, and that she received the first machine as a gift.
"My friend was leaving Bosnia and Herzegovina and she asked me to do some embroidery for her saying that she would give me the sewing machine in return. And that is how it happened, "Sabiha tells us. At first she made simpler things, bed sheets, curtains, and then she started sewing clothing garments." I've always had a lot of work, and one of the reasons is that my prices are affordable enough, because I know times are difficult today, everyone wants to be dressed well and I'm happy with what I make. '
Sabiha told us how she tried to be a mentor to younger women who were out of work, and they do not see a perspective, but, unfortunately, she encountered situations in which women were not motivated to learn the trade. 'It's easiest to say that there is no work, and to complain. There is no need to allow oneself to negativity, I always found a job, and if I did not sew, I would find something else to do. That is what I'm trying to explain to young generations. '
It was by chance that Sabiha began sewing folk costumes, following the recommendation of her own daughter who was a member of a folklore ensemble and who recommended her mother to sew costumes when there was a need. Since then, Sabiha has been regularly sewing costumes all over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"I would like women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be more recognized, to have a better position, and if it were to merge - recognition and valuable hands of our women, how great would that be?!," says Sabiha.