Nisreen Krimed Originally from Palestine, she was born and raised in Syria and eventually settled in the UAE as an entrepreneur. Naturally developing an appreciation of Jerusalem, Damascus, Dubai, and Arabic culture at large, she has expressed that passion by blending fashion and graphic design.
Canava Design is her creation, a contemporary handmade womenswear label that thoughtfully embellishes flowy dresses and scarves with Arabic calligraphy and cartography. A tribute to Krimed’s Palestinian roots, the name canava refers to the fabric or base traditionally used by artisans to craft their patterned embroideries.
Krimed’s latest dresses are two-layered and feature an interior crepe fabric covered with soft, feminine, and transparent chiffon.
One design shows the Arabic word for patience, “sabr,” floating over a map of Damascus, hinting at the ongoing turmoil in Syria. Whereas, in another creation, a print of newspaper text lies underneath a sweeping “sidq,” which translates to “truth.” Krimed compares this layering concept to the emotional state of human beings.