For Brooklyn-based designer Zeynab Izadyar a rice bag is not just a simple rice bag, but rather a layered piece of art.
For the last few years, Izadyar has been unearthing the beauty in this everyday Iranian carryall and repurposing it within her clothing designs. The muslin sacks, ubiquitous in her native Iran, have understated but also transfixing, beautiful—often even cheeky—designs on them. Some incarnations feature the caricature of an Italian pizza man, while others are scribbled with playful slogans like “black skinny tail rice” in swirling Farsi calligraphy. A mix of rose reds and inky greens echo the hues of the Iranian flag, lending a striking effect to what is otherwise an overlooked, quotidian throwaway item.