Ida Horner
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Profession / role:
Social Entreprenuer
Company / organisation:
Ethnic Supplies Ltd
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My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Retailer, Supplier, Consultant
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About me / About business or organisation:
I am the Founder and owner of Ethnic Supplies Ltd a social enterprise that supports East african women involved in textile and handicraft production reach a much wider market with their goods. I believe that this is a more sustainable way out of poverty.

I am passionate development issues and I bring a "hard earned" approach/exprience to my work or debates to this topic

I am also the lead Trustee of a charity LET THEM HELP THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY, whose aims are to enable folk in developing world to share their skills with folk in the developing world.

Our current project is in Ruhanga SW Uganda. The biggest challenge in that community is accessing clean water and currently women and children spend up to 3 hours day in search of clean water.

If I can help you in anyway, please get in touch

My blog is at
Career history / Company history:
Started work in the Hotel industry, I retrained and move in the the Socail hosuing sector where I worked with the poor and homeless of London, changed direction in 2007 to address the poverty amongst African women invoved in textile handicraft production

Ida Horner's Blog

Is Bark Cloth the most sustainable fabric?

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 11:30 0 Comments

Bark Cloth (Lubugo in Luganda- which is the language spoken by the tribe that produces this cloth) is a non woven fabric made from the bark of the MUTUBA (MITUBA- PLURAL) Tree (FICUS NATALENSINS) and is produced by the Baganda tribe in Uganda. It was widely used in dress making and was widely worn by the Kings and queens of Uganda prior to the arrival of cotton which I think was introduced by Arabs or Indians.

The cloth is used widely in Uganda's Art and Craft industry, Traditional… Continue

Africa's fabrics - wild silk from Madagascar

Posted on December 8, 2009 at 18:37 3 Comments

When I tell people that Ethnic Supplies stocks fashion accessories made from wild silk one of the questions I get asked without fail is that

Is there enough for commercial purposes?

And the answer yes there is, in Madagascar. The best part is that there is a whole conservation project underway to protect Madagascar’s natural heritage.

Tapia, or Uapaca Bojeri, is the staple food of the wild Malagasy… Continue

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At 7:23 on October 4, 2011, Offset Warehouse said…

Dear Ida,

I hope you're well.

We don't add email addresses to our mailinglist without consent - perhaps it was via the Source Expo last year, where we had a "join our mailinglist" document floating around. 

I have already unsubscribed you, but to unsubscribe, visitors can go here:

I'm terribly sorry for the inconvenience and look forwards to seeing you at this year's Expo.

Kind regards,


At 16:16 on September 30, 2009, Maiya said…
Hello, We're looking for some help sourcing organic/fairtrade fabric. If you could email us any info it'd be much appreciated... Many thanks, Helen.
At 13:27 on September 29, 2009, jacqueline said…
just saw your message and yes those would also be appreciated.

they do feel quite hard ans sturdy right?

i would like a trial set if possible about 5 kg max

let me know if possible, costings and shipping timelines too

At 16:42 on September 15, 2009, andrea ojerinola said…
Hi Ida

It's on the events page, it's called Fashion Diversity 2009 and it's about the 3rd down on the list.
At 13:14 on September 14, 2009, andrea ojerinola said…
Hiya, no I'm not going to be able to make it, but I'm going to the fashion diversity show on Saturday. If you're going to be there we can arrange to meet up.
At 11:23 on September 14, 2009, Leona Mani said…
Hi Ida
Thanks, and hope to meet you at the networking evening next week.
If there's anything you would like me to promote on my website, just let me know.
At 19:41 on September 12, 2009, andrea ojerinola said…
Hi Ida

I am thanks, and you? Hope to run into you at one ofthe upcoming events :-)
At 16:06 on September 10, 2009, Raven + Lily said…
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

(in that order of importance to us)

thank you for your help!
At 15:57 on September 10, 2009, Raven + Lily said…
these are beautiful designs. did you design these? do you have other prints besides tie dye?
At 15:31 on September 10, 2009, Raven + Lily said…
This picture is from kangas that we're bought from a vendor while we were in Burundi. He said that they were designed for export to Germany.

We really appreciate your help. The fabrics do not have to be exactly like this. We are just looking for some printed fabrics in coordinating patterns that we could create a baby collection from.

I will check back for photos.

My contact info is:
Sophia Hirokawa Lin
310-990-4497 (california, united states)

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