Red Resistance: The Powerful Women of Eritrea

Fashion designer Bisrat Negassi's uses poetry tell the story of her country's fight for freedom

Portrait of fashion designer Bisrat NegassiOriginal Source: Design Indaba

In her poem FreeDEM Red,  Bisrat Negassi shows how Eritrean women and men fought side by side for independence, equality and self-determination for more than 30 years.  

Meda Eritrea by Gordian TroellerDesign Indaba

The powerful and brave women who fought for independence have been a major inspiration for Bisrat. Her poem uses the color red as a trope through which to explore themes of Eritream women's struggles and resilience. 

FreeDEM Red by Bisrat NegassiDesign Indaba

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As Bisrat states 'Above all I am inspired and strengthened by the story of the Eritrean women – revolutionaries, mothers, daughters and sisters – who have stood up for equality and the liberation from foreign rule and patriarchy. 

FreeDem withDem (2020) by Bisrat NegassiDesign Indaba

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