We are young women born in our native countries, inspired from the arts passed on from our ancestors through craftsmanship.
Vicky walked into store’s in London to be stunned by a whole line of Kenyan inspired collections and baskets full of excitement. She asked the shop assistants if they knew where the products were from, she was met with blank stares and uncomfortable giggles. They did praise that the bags were the best selling product.
Beautifully combining simple European shapes with Kenya colours, intricate weaving, except using machine manufactured with leather snd absent of the spiritual meaning.
Vicky remembered these pieces as art, the sensations from haunting magical memories as a little girl going to see tribal Kikuyu and Maasai women and girls who spent hours crafting these, for their livelihood. Often the only skill they have to empower themselves, passed on from ancestors.
Symbols of peace used to communicate their intentions with other tribes, fabric’s that would have been made from natural resources. As the world explores plant-based products and the fashion industry needs to accelerate sustainability, the Kiondo basket is traditionally made from stripping the Sisal plant and ancient techniques using plant- based dyes.
Indigenous communities need to connect with our trends and translate their knowledge. While women in the west, fight for gender, equality and justice, these women have no voice for some of the most horrific abuse with their only chance of escaping is their small businesses.
Fashion needs to collaborate with them, their voices must be heard, fashion will inherit real solutions and their stories start to connect society.
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Born in Kenya. Started an ambitious career as a Fashion Stylist determined to connect authentic African style, as an African Beauty Queen fell in love with changing the world through social innovation, holistic healing and heritage.
Born in Asaam ,a relatively unexplored part of north-east India, which is nestled between ‘Indic’ and ‘Mongoloid’ cultures and is a melting pot of unique cultural identities, craftsmanship and art forms. Experience international marketing professional with a drive for policy.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela. A gifted, radical, artist earned her a scholarship at Central St.Martin. Growing up in the midst of Neo-Socialist revolution jolted her to a move to Belgium without speaking a word of French at the age of 17.
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The Indigenous and marginalised are the most resourceful human beings in the world.