City/Area Group | Caribbean


City/Area Group | Caribbean

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Started by Deirdre Woods Mar 10, 2010. 0 Replies

I've been asked by my friend Akua to pass on information about the MADE IN AFRIKAH EXHIBITION 2010 which is due to to be held in Cape Coast Ghana 15th-21st September 2010.From the organisers…Continue

Caribbean cotton and sustainable fabrics

Started by jacqueline Oct 27, 2009. 0 Replies

Do you have an experience sourcing cotton or sustainable materials from the caribbean? Are you working with small factories, workshops on any of the islands? Do you see the potential for production…Continue

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Comment by mario lewis on March 4, 2010 at 2:41
Helo Deirdre, can I ask what is your Caribbean background? During our fashion week in Trinidad I will be introducing a discusson on ethical fashion. I would like to know if you are interested. We can think of doing something using Skype. I would also asa Jacqueline to participate. Let me know what you think. Mario
Comment by jacqueline on February 27, 2010 at 18:40
thanks Deirdre!
great info

guys anything else you see that can help each other please add to the comment wall
Comment by Deirdre Woods on February 27, 2010 at 2:07
For information on cotton production check out the Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean website The "BREEZE" collection by Claudia Pegus from Trinidad is available on the site. The different fabrics average between £30-£40(not on the website). Sad that the raw material is sent to Switzerland for milling.
Comment by jacqueline on February 26, 2010 at 14:25
you may all want to check out this networking site too...i will ask about the cotton production on this site too and find out more info on there
Comment by jacqueline on February 26, 2010 at 12:01
wow Deirdre that was such a good it
i am so intrigued with what has been going on there and the opportunities there now...may have to research into this as well as Africa....for my masters and future PhD!
Comment by Deirdre Woods on February 26, 2010 at 2:48
I am proud to be someone with Caribbean heritage who had the privilege to grow up in the Caribbean and experience the energy, creativity and uniqueness of the region. I am still very much strongly connected to the region and make regular visits. The fashion industry in the region is vibrant, and has been I believe somewhat pioneering in the ethical/sustainable arena. Long before sustainability became viable here there have been designers like Meiling who used natural fabrics and local materials like hemp, and shells in their designs. The cotton that grows in Barbados is one of the highest qualities in the world, and more regional designers are using it now. There are so many talented artisans who excel in everything from leather work, jewellery, crochet, weaving , embroidery, etc who have so far have not had the exposure to our markets that they deserve. I'm hoping to connect with like minded people here who would like to see Caribbean fashion taken to the next level whilst preserving skills, cultures and the environment.
Check out for some inspiration.

Love and Blessings
Comment by jacqueline on November 14, 2009 at 16:18
great Inma!

Also keep us all posted on your finds when you travel out to Dominican Rep.
Comment by inma paradela on November 14, 2009 at 14:25
I think the eco subject is still far away from the fashion business in Caribbean but it is a great idea to develop sustainable ways of living everywhere. Just let´s find out the way

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