Do you know where Nepal is?
Not many people know where it is on the map, or even knew it existed.
Monica Rai is a British Asian designer based in London. She is an upcoming designer who specialises in embroidery textiles but also creates intricate accessories by combining traditional crafts and taking it in a modern approach.
Monica Rai believes that where you come from and where you grow up has a big influence on the type of designer you become.
Monica Rai is an upcoming designer who is always seeking to find inspiration from her heritage and take it in a modern approach. Her work is about embracing a culture that not many people know about. It’s about celebrating and showing a culture which is rich in colours and patterns. She creates her textile pieces which reflects craft and are bold and interactive.
The designer looks into techniques that are hand rendered: weaving, macramé, fringing and beading. As craft is becoming more in trend which is a good thing, it almost becomes quite traditional. So the designer wants to take that aspect and create something innovative so it makes other people want to know more about what craft is and how versatile it can be.