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KAREN WALKER ARTISAN.FASHION

KAREN WALKER ARTISAN.FASHION

This November, Karen Walker releases a limited edition of Mujer accessories alongside her Resort collection inspired by Spanish revolutionaries.

The tote bag, zip case and charm are influenced by the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca as interpreted by artists John Reynolds and Deborah Smith, and are produced by Kenyan artisans as part of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s social enterprise was recently rebranded as Artisan.Fashion. The International Trade Centre (a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation) initiative, aimed at empowering marginalised African communities by developing responsible, sustainable artisan business models, has enjoyed partnerships with luxury brand designers like Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Karen Walker who has been working with the EFI and Kenyan artisans since 2012.
For the Mujer collection, 132 artisans, over half of them women, worked on hand-tooling each individual accessory using traditional handcraft techniques including brass casting, horn crafting, pom-pom making and embroidery.
Each bag is made with 100% East African farmed cotton woven in Kenya. John Reynolds and Deborah Smith’s Garcia Lorca-inspired motifs are intricately hand screen-printed, embroidered and beaded. Adorning each bag, and also available to buy individually, is a pom-pom charm featuring a trio of handmade coiled pom-poms and brass hardware reworked from parts of car engines, taps and padlocks. The iconic Karen Walker arrow also makes an appearance; handcrafted from recycled cow horn from Kenya. The residue dust from the creation of the horn arrow is then used as plant fertilizer in rural communities.
“On every level, the way we’re producing these pieces is the antithesis of fast fashion,” Karen says. “We’re committed to Artisan.Fashion in the long term and its driving ideals of promoting sustainable, socially responsible creative businesses in place of aid dependency.”
The Artisan.Fashion for Karen Walker Mujer collection handmade in Kenya is available in store at TDS now. Phone 09 489 6687 for enquiries. While stocks last.

 

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