Renowned Ugandan designer Sylvia Owori, who in 2011 was named ambassador for the USA based Alicia Keys founded charity Keep a Child Alive, started her Sylvia Owori foundation in 2010. It is a non profit organisation which aims to raise awareness and resources for different causes within Uganda and the African continent at large.
Following up on the recycled denim collection that we featured in October on Africa Fashion Guide, end of 2011 was held a Forever Love fashion show, for which the Sylvia Owori fashion house has embarked on a bag collection entirely made of local Ugandan raw materials such as cotton, kitengi, kikoyi and a blend of denim. These bags are exclusively and individually crafted hence each bag having its own design and style. They are developed by a design team at the company and are part of, or are initial to the Wabibi Project taking place in Mukono. THE WABIBI COMMUNITY PROJECTS is a current project that involves training of local communities mainly women to produce textiles and crafts among other products in mass for export and sale within Uganda. This project aims to create holistic approach to community development through facilitating a workforce to produce textiles, art works and crafts which will be marked through the Sylvia Owori brand.
It has a strong benefit to the women and their communities as it provides practical skills such as tailoring, beading, craft work and life skills thus empowering them to support themselves in the future. The foundation also reinvests a percentage of earnings from products sold into the community.
The bag line is wide and explores all corners of Uganda and Africa as a whole as inspiration to create them. She draws inspiration from all over the continent hence there names, nsawo, kikapu, sakoshi and more!
For more information on her recycled projects and more than please check out her foundation website:
Do also read up more on her label at: