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Every time young fashion designer Hawa Adan Hassan makes a new gown for a paying customer, she also makes her dreams come true.For Hassan, it began with art, when she found herself drawn to sketching clothes rather than the animals and landscapes preferred by her peers. In such a nascent industry, Hassan is, by necessity, self-taught.It is just something I dreamed up," she says, adding that she now finds inspiration in the likes of Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab.In her home studio, Hassan sketches and inks new designs of abaya gowns and hijab headscarves, in a variety of black or bright colors, tight and loose fittings, with plain or embroidered finishes.Fashion has also become a family affair, with Hassan's father -- a tailor by trade -- and older sister helping cut and sew the clothes.Like Hassan, Abdulahi is self-taught -- "I was my own role model," she says -- and insists she is more than just a tailor aping the work of others. A designer creates clothes with a story, but a tailor makes it without thinking, they just duplicate," Abdulahi says.Dahir Yusuf, a 49-year-old father, is appalled by his teenage daughter's love of designer clothes, which he considers immoral.
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