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Life in Egypt


Suitcase full of fashion
Claudia Roden Writer
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As soon as I... not quite as soon as I arrived. I arrived with beautiful clothes. Because in Egypt we had dressmakers who would copy French fashion. Because one of my aunts, Aunt Regine, would go to the fashion shows and she would come back with... she would buy the patterns. She would come back to Egypt and our clothes were made. And we used to have silks, fantastic damask silks, with gold thread and I did come back with one. And you know, velvet skirts. And when I came to the boarding school, everybody was agog. What is coming out of my suitcase? Because my mother thought I am going to Paris. Nobody had anything like that. So, that was funny. But they stayed in my suitcase. I didn't wear them anywhere.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: fashion, dresses, boarding school, clothes

Duration: 1 minute, 5 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 26 November 2023