Rezia Wahid

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Rezia Wahid
Born 1976 (age 40–41)
Nationality British
Education Chelsea College of Art and Design
Surrey Institute of Art and Design
Known for Textile arts, Weaving
Movement Baf-thana

Rezia Wahid, MBE (Bengali: রেজিয়া ওয়াহিদ; born 1976) is an award-winning Bangladeshi-born British textile artist. Her work has been exhibited both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Early life[edit]

Wahid was born in Bangladesh and arrived in the United Kingdom at the age of five.[1]

Wahid attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design 1994–1995 and was awarded a first class degree from Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College|Surrey Institute of Art and Design] in 1998.[1]


Wahid's work mainly consists of inter-cultural threads, from her English upbringing and spiritual Islamic influences using the Bangladeshi technique. Her work was mainly influenced through the discovery of a fabric native to Bangladesh known as Baf-thana, which means woven air, and studied the thread to develop her fabrics known as “woven air.”[2]

Wahid was one of the three artists to be selected by the South West Arts Council to create a piece celebrating the cultural diversity of Britain.[2]

Wahid has also taught at Warwick School for Boys as the Art, Design and Textiles teacher and now at Frederick Bremer School Specialist Engineering College (an amalgamation of Warwick School for Boys and Aveling Park School) as well as a form tutor.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2005, Wahid was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours for her contribution to arts in London.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rezia Wahid MBE". Artists. the shape of things. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Teacher has woven her way to an MBE". The Guardian. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 

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