“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” Rebuilding the foundations for an ethical & sustainable fashion industry

The ethical fashion movement and the #whomademyclothes campaign has been driven by a commitment to change the way the fashion industry engages with supply chains; pushing for transparency and accountability of brands who rely heavily on outsourced supply chains which engage with developing economies and utilise vulnerable workforces. The annual iteration of the #whomademyclothes campaign…

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Engaging Tourism with Craft Experiences

Creating engaging craft experiences for tourists is becoming an increasingly popular and effective way for crafts-based social enterprises (CBSEs) to bring increased awareness of their people and processes, as well as the social, cultural and environmental challenges their enterprise seeks to address. Throughout this insight series we will look at CBSE’s who actively engage consumers with…

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Revitalising the craft of Shyrdak

In 2012, the shyrdak creative process, or the “art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets,” was included in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safekeeping. This acknowledges the significance of the craft in Kyrgyz nomadic culture and the importance of maintaining the tradition as an expression of cultural identity. Nakta Designs’ mission is to promote this valuable…

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Visionaries for a brighter future: as a collective we define the possibilities

As recipient of the 2016 Fairly Educated Design Student Scholarship, I was given the pleasure to attend the sixth annual Fairly Educated Conference, hosted in Geelong at Deakin University. The short but event-packed three day conference included panel discussions, workshops and many notable keynote speakers from all professions and backgrounds who have all in one way or another been changing the world,…

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