Amongst the many things that I learnt last week in Algiers was the revelation that my favourite and most-worn rik-rak top is infact a traditional Berber costume from Algeria!!! It is a top that I made from a dress I hacked apart, purchased 2nd hand from a charity shop in North London! I wore it on the first day of the workshop and instantly found out it's origin. Serendipity or what?!! Here are some examples of that technique from our research trip in the city.