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Ayushi Agarwal

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Father Creates Fashion Line For The Differently-Abled Inspired By His Daughter

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  •  November 20, 2015


It is rightly said: Necessity is the motherhood of invention.

It certainly rings true for Joe and Murielle Ikareth, who have been inspired by their daughter to create a fashion line called “Move Ability” for the differently-abled. Their 11-year old daughter Tilotima suffers from congenital disorder.

The family belong to Kerala, and their special designs are formed using magnets, Velcro, and special cuts, which enable individuals with disabilities to complete simple chores like dressing up and using the bathroom without help.

Muriella Ikareth, a movement therapist from France, was able to use her experience to help her husband understand and develop this strategically-designed line.

“If I cannot move completely and freely, I need to concentrate on what my body can do…. We worked on the idea of how to adapt beautiful clothes to people who cannot move like we do,” said Murielle in an interview with NDTV.

Joe is currently trying to reach NGOs and corporate companies to subsidize his designs, so they are available at affordable rates to differently-abled families across the country.

Recently, “we designed ‘Move Ability’ pants for a lady in Mumbai who has a prosthetic leg,” he told HuffPost India.

“Clothes with buttons and zips are difficult for me, but the clothes my father designs are very easy to handle,” said Tilotima.

What an amazing father!

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