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Fashion Textiles graduate Krishma Sabbarwal earns prestigious China-based British Council internship

Krishma will use her skills to create home furnishings in the port city of Qingdao

Not far from UEL’s Docklands campus is the legendary Cutty Sark clipper ship that carried tea from China to the UK in the 1800s. Some 150 years later, recent BA Fashion Textiles graduate Krishma Sabbarwal is about to make a similiar trip for a remarkable eight-week adventure.

Krishma completed her studies at UEL this spring and was searching for new opportunities when she came across Generation UK, a Sino-British scheme run by the British Council and Intern China to encourage more British youth to take up study, work and travel opportunities in China.

She applied and was was offered an internship which will take full advantage of her creativity - exploring print design to create stylish home furnishings. She will be based in the port city of Qingdao (just south of Shanghai) from 14 October to 16 December.  

Krishma said, “It’s going to be an eight-week placement. I’ll also get three weeks of intensive Mandarin lessons during that time as well as go on excursion trips to Shanghai and Beijing to make sure I get the full experience.”

With her UEL peers, Krishma took part in Graduate Fashion Week in early June. She said, “It was stressful but I enjoyed it and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback. I’m just trying to organise photoshoots for my collection now before I go off to China.”

She is full of praise for the course she has just completed (which included a placement year) and urges others to take the same path she did. 

She said, “If you want to be in a really creative environment where you have free rein over what you do and how you do it, you should come to UEL for the course. If you want to do a collection, you can do that. If you want to create your own fabric samples, you can do that. 

“It’s just been a really positive experience for me that I would recommend to anyone.”

She’s equally complimentary about the University as a whole and the impact it has had on her life. 

Krishma said, “I feel like I’ve got such a good network of people like my tutors. My best friends are also here, so I do feel like it’s a big part of my development as a person. When I first came here I was really shy and quite reserved.  I’m not that type of person at all now so I feel I really have grown up here.”

Krishma is pictured above with  her collection from Graduate Fashion Week.