Zeinab Rasdien: Persian fashion entrepreneur

This is 26-year-old Zeinab Rasdien, a part South African, part Egyptian entrepreneur and founder of Kasbah. Kasbah, meaning house of many things, has been in business for eight months and provides a range of exclusive Persian fashion, some of which includes the company’s trademark manteau.

A manteau is a traditional cloak or cape that is often worn by women in Iran. When Zeinab visited her mother, who is based in Tehran, in 2016 the idea to introduce this modest traditional fashion item to South African women was born.


The manteau are available in limited quantities and range in price from R450 to R1,500. The company also offers a range of silk scarves. The Cape Town-based business imports its products directly from Iran and offers South African women the opportunity to don the exclusive pieces.

GO FOR IT. It is a risk to take but one well worth it. Strive for what you believe in, if you believe in your product you will be sure to succeed.

Since launching the business they have piqued the interest of all types of women and their expansion plans include catering to men as well as opening a retail store. Zeinab is also working on introducing more pieces to her product range inspired by Persian fashion.

Don’t miss out on Kasbah’s beautiful scarves and manteau, they are truly one of a kind.


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Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change our name from Silk Road to Kasbah ✨ Thank you to all that have followed! ✨

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