Azaad is an avant-garde collection inspired by female empowerment in the Middle East and South Asia. In my collection, I compare these women with bright, beautiful birds who were once trapped but are now free. It is a celebration of their overcoming of sexism and inequality, as well as the abuse connected to it. Drawing from traditional handwork techniques used in Pakistan and combining this with hand painting, the imagery and meaning is brought to life. In several languages, including Urdu and Pashto, azaad means "free."