Tala Barbotin Khalidy was exposed to fashion design from an early age by walking the streets of Paris growing up and through her interactions with Lebanese craftsmen at her grandmother’s store. She developed an awareness of intercultural exchanges in textiles that increased during her studies at Parsons: The New School for Design. All aspects of her work present a strong appeal toward the ideas of social and cultural interaction, influenced by her background and work experience in Paris, Beirut, and New York.
An initial interest in hand sewing and embroidery has deepened over time by skills in sewing, pattern making, and draping; a focused interest in handcraft has enriched through textile experimentations such as hand knitting, weaving, screen and block printing, and natural dyeing techniques. Her current practice places a continuing emphasis on embroidery as well as sustainable and ethical fashion alternatives.