By Zuhra Abhar

Zolaykha Sherzad is a humanitarian and artist who created Zarif Design (, producing stunning jackets, clothing and bags that reinterpret traditional Afghan materials and art to render elegant modern fashion.

“I see myself as both an artist and businesswoman – using the arts as a mean to empower people economically, but also to give them the confidence and the pride they need to rebuild their society. The production of ZD is not based on money and profit only. The initial drive for starting Zarif was not just to sell jackets – it was to use fashion as a way to highlight the rich cultural heritage and honor the workmanship of the artisans and bring people together by creating a peaceful and constructive environment.”
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