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Hungarian Roma fashion designer Erika Varga says her label is about stitching together cultural traditions and snipping through stereotypes as much as it's about dressmaking.Often blamed for petty crime, the Roma, Hungary's largest ethnic minority, face widespread discrimination, poverty and exclusion from mainstream society.Founded in 2010 by Varga to promote Roma fashion and identity, her Romani Design studio brought out its first collection the same year.After leaving school in eastern Hungary, Varga soon set up her own jewelry-making business before branching out into fashion design.Varga says that she is not put off running a business by conventional attitudes in the Roma community on women's role in society.Traditional Roma motifs like flowers are a typical feature of her designs, particularly one of her favorites, the rose, a symbol of femininity, which adorns even the slippers she wears while pedaling her sewing machine.Most of her skirts and dresses are long, in line with Roma tradition.
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