don’t tie me up



On 16 September 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22 year old Iranian woman, lost her life in a hospital in Tehran. Detained by the country’s morality police, Mahsa was brutally assaulted for not wearing her hijab correctly. In the weeks that followed, protests flared up with women pouring into streets to cut off their hair and burn their hijabs. The unrest shook the country and its theocracy, at a scale unseen since the 1979 revolution.

The ‘Don’t Tie Me Up’ top was designed in support of the quiet defiance of Iranian women, as a response to this moment in history. Crafted in our Yoganomic Modal, it challenges conventional forms. This piece is about flexibility and movement. Each panel is laboriously hand-quilted with an intricate grid-like pattern – reflecting the interconnectedness and solidarity of the Iranian women. The tie-ups are envisioned to resemble braids – underpinning a woman’s right to decide whether she wants to wear her hair down. 

Liberation isn’t bound to a piece of clothing. Whether it is the right to wear the hijab, or the right not to – the fight is the same. It’s the freedom to choice, to autonomy over our bodies and how we present them. 

This piece is a quiet vision, extending the spirit of the Iranian protests into the realm of fashion and symbolizing the desire for liberation and individual expression.


Sizing and Styling Guide:

The model’s height is 5’8 ft and she comfortably fits into a size S. Made using our unique technique of quilting, this bustier is tailored for structure. It has tie-ups to fit you right, and looks best when worn true to size. It is flexible to fit your style – wear it with the tie-ups at the front like the model, or flip it and wear them at the back for a more formal event. You could even style it as a belt over a kimono!

Before you choose to buy this style online, we encourage you to reach out to us on offline with a photograph of yourself—to help us guide you pick the correct size—since each piece is made to order and is not eligible for an exchange / return / refund.

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