In the early 1990’s a terrace house in West Hampstead was used as a women’s centre. With the increasing number of Somali refugees arriving the women’s centre organised sewing classes every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. These were run by a Polish lady who had converted to Islam.
“My mum worked with Somali refugee women at the women’s centre and I remember being there one time during half term. Her class was held in the basement and although it was quite cramped and dark it was a hubbub of activity and excitement. My mother particularly remembers one time when Eid was approaching and she helped one of the women design and sew a dress for the occasion. The lady had bought fabric from the local market and she was incredibly happy with the result.”
Fatimah, from our Bring and Share Event at Willesden Library, September 2017.