we are open to using african print fabrics from elsewhere if there are no local options. basically our goal is to provide work for these women so our priorities:
1. provide opportunities to the women
2. ideally fair trade fabrics
3. ideally organic
Here's a picture of the kangas that we sourced while we were there. But it doesn't seem like we're able to find anything made locally. we might have to resort to something being made elsewhere like India but only if it's fair trade.
any suggestions or help would really be great. thank you so much!!!!!
My name is Sophia and I'm the co-founder of a non-profit called Raven + Lily. We are located in Los Angeles, CA but we work with co-ops mainly in India and East Africa. We just returned from a trip to East Africa (kenya, ethiopia and burundi) about 3 weeks ago to meet the co-ops, source fabrics, and get to know the women that we're supporting.
Our non-profit works on designs with these co-ops, pays them a fair wage, helps them market and sell their goods to the U.S. Market and then sends the proceeds back to the local co-op communities.
We are really having trouble sourcing african prints made locally within Africa. most seem to be made in India and Africa. Do you have any vendors you would recommend?
I have been reading about your work and check out your website, what a great achievement hun! Hope that you can make it to the spotlight seminar today. You will definitely hear from me once I design my A/W 10 range : ) I dont know where to start in finding suppliers etc
Great to see you on our network and especially in the Africa group. I'm the Africa Group Administrator so I'll let you know about useful information that I come across. I saw that your social enterprise supports East African women but I also wondered if you have done any work in Ghana? I'm putting together a sourcing from Ghana booklet and am looking for people/organisations to feature as case studies. Do you know anyone else who would be interested in this?