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The Metaphor laptop bag: what is the story?

The Metaphor laptop bag: what is the story?

Posted on July 10 2019

SEP motives are part of the SEP story. In fact these motives tell unique stories of travel, cultures, and more. They recall masterpieces of architecture like the Alhambra® of Andalusia, or the Koutubia® - seen in the congregational mosque of Marrakesh. 

You may have noticed that on our new collection of kaftans, robes, and laptop bags there is a new motive.


This is an important motive for SEP; an ancient pattern from Biblical times that was researched by the Academy Award Winner Jacqueline Durran. She introduced the pattern in the Mary Magdalene Hollywood film for which she designed the costumes, all executed by SEP artists.


When our colleagues embroidered this pattern, placing one column next to the other, with different heights, it was symbolic. It talked of ancient heritage, know-how, and aesthetics that are raw and rich. It is deeply connected to the history of the region where SEP artists come from, while it has a modern, and gender neutral feel.


On some bags we left the lines unfinished, inspired by the Hani Abbas’ tent shape. These bags became metaphors. For many people who are seeking refuge a tent becomes home, a place to feel safe, where they can close a door, and just relax for a bit. A tent is a home, without one.  “Home” in a refugee camp demonstrates something powerful – the idea inspires deep respect; however, it is tenuous and temporary.

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Hani Abbas is a Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist, born in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus in Syria. In 2012, he posted on Facebook a cartoon showing the flower that symbolizes the Syrian Revolution as immortal. He was under threat by the Syrian Secret Service.

Getting out of Syria is particularly difficult for Syrian-Palestinians. Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have refused them entry because their papers are considered unofficial. Hani Abbas had an opportunity to exhibit his heartfelt cartoons in Switzerland, and later asked for asylum in the country. Today he lives there and keeps denouncing wars’ atrocities in Cartoons.


The SEP story is unfinished, just like the designs on our bags. It is a story that started with hope, determination, and talent. We hope today it motivates and inspires. 

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