Elizabeth Cloyd of Source4Style team a sourcing website online for sourcing sustainable textiles. She has worked on bringing in fabrics and textiles from India, Peru and Uganda and recently been on a trip to Ghana to source textiles and clothing.
On June 14, 2011 at Guilded she will give a sneak peek of the materials she gathered and that Source4Style will be showcasing. and go into more detail about her sourcing experience.
As a fellow ‘adopted Ghanaian’ I have a large appreciation especially for Ghana. Africa Fashion Guide website showcases the recent trip I took there, and the findings and intensive research gathered there through events and networks. It is an ideal country for textile sourcing – such as Batik, kente, adinkra – even through to cotton too and garment production and there are many opportunities, great artisans and an abundance of skills there that can be tapped into. We at AFG see potential after potential when it comes to Africa so excuse our bias.
The event and workshop are headed by Guilded which present themselves as “is the new industry standard for the way we think about design – it is where philosophy meets practice.” . They believe sustainability is a fundamental component of every stage of the design and manufacturing process, but recognize the difficulties that can be confronted but remain committed to creating a pathway for businesses to implement ethical change.
They do this by being a platform for the fashion textiles and design community to collaborate and put on education workshops and a consulting opportunities in order for this to happen.
This Sourcing in Ghana workshop is offered in two parts and the first will focus on efficiently and effectively sourcing fabric in a region of West Africa, the do’s and of working with suppliers in Ghana and trade organisations there and building relationships.
- An Overview of Ghanaian Textiles
- Identifying Potential Suppliers
- Visiting Suppliers On Site
- Expect Complications
- After You’re Gone
- Waxed Cotton Prints
This section will also discuss production including the most important legalities. They encourage designers to operate a social business with a social impact as part of their business structure.
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