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Sewing to Survive: The Cambodian child dressmaker who achieved her fashion dreams

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Rina Roat is a successful clothes designer and entrepreneur from Cambodia, but she grew up far removed from the world of fashion. As a child, she had been abandoned and left homeless by her mother. Too poor to buy clothes, she turned to dressmaking – hand-stitching her first frock from a pair of old curtains when she was just 12 years old. It set Rina on a course to create her own clothing line, while never losing sight of another dream: finding out what happened to her mother and the family she never knew.

Presenter: Datshiane Navanayagam
Producer: Maryam Maruf

Image: Rina Roat
Credit: Courtesy of Rina Roat

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