Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 143 If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share! “Fabric is a form of art; fabric is part of the art of your body,” said Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) founder Simone Cipriani, who held a discussion this week for New York Textile Month at Parsons School of Design. In a small lecture center with an audience of approximately 60 people, Cipriani led an intimate seminar about EFI, his work experience in many African countries and how their artisans’ hand-weaving, dyeing and textile techniques have a place in today’s fashion industry. More Articles You Would Love #OOTD: Symply Tacha Captures Our Hearts In This Jaw Dropping Couture Outfit By Tolu Bally! ‘Missing Lagos!’ Naomi Campbell States As She Promises And Prepares For A Massive African Tour Launched in 2009 by Cipriani, EFI brings together African artisans and designers as a development solution. African artisans improve their lives by producing luxury sustainable accessories, garments and footwear for today’s popular fashion designers. Together, both entities establish a more environmentally-friendly fashion industry. With its roots in Kenya, EFI today is also located in six other nations, including Burkina Faso and Mali, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti and West Bank. In these countries, local artisans are responsible for the initiative’s innovative designs, including traditional methods that highlight tribal heritage. Cipriani explained two unique processes that African artisans use: hand-weaving cotton and Bogolan dyeing. Traditional looms are used by African artisans in many nations, including Burkina Faso, to hand-weave cotton into beautiful fashion products. Woven fabric from this nation is often found in a tartan design. Hailing from Mali, Bogolan is an ancient dyeing method used by two local tribes. Mud is collected from river beds, seasoned for one year and then the dyer applies the earthy material to the fabric. When removed and washed, it leaves a beautiful black color behind. In Burkina Faso and Mali, EFI works with artisans from the capital of Burkina Faso Bobo and Ouagadougou. The initiative also established many textile collaborations over the years, including EFI x United Arrows, EFI x Vivienne Westwood and EFI Burkina Faso x Elijah Green. Each collection combines African artisans’ culture with high-fashion items, including handbags and trendy apparel. More partnerships are expected and Cipriani anticipates that Ethical Fashion Initiative will expand to other countries, including Brazil, India and Peru. Click Here to Visit our Fashion Boutique. Hot Add to cart Quick ViewAdd to Wishlist Dashiki / Angelina Print Crop Top & Shorts OutfitRated 4.00 out of 5 $75.00 Hot Select options Quick ViewAdd to Wishlist Outfit With Kente Stripe To The MiddleRated 3.00 out of 5 $90.00 Hot Add to cart Quick ViewAdd to Wishlist Dashiki / Angelina Print Top $50.00 Ghana Look Books ethical fashionethical fashion initiativefashioninitiative Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail Abigail Oluwakemi I'm a fashion stylist turned blogger, I hope you love my work. More For You Looking For African Cultured Fashion In Belgium? Meet Erratum Fashion, The Brand Redefining... EHBS Couture Becomes Nigerias Primary Go To Brand For Sizzling RTW Fashion Northern Ghana Continues to Make Waves in the Fashion Industry with Smockyworld Limited’s... #OOTD: Tolu Bally Steps Out With A Jaw Dropping Boob handprint shirt x... #BIKINIBAE: South Africa’s Premium Swimwear Sensation Pamala Hughes Is Serving Ravishing Bikini Looks “Looks Like A Transgender” Africans Are Confused Over Brooke-Bruk Jackson’s Gender, The New... Get A Load Of The Top 15 Afrobeats Jams As Jyzno & Lasmid... 6 Essential Cautions When Sending Clothes To Style Influencers “We Created A Banger” Ghanaian Afrobeats Star Lasmid Pays Respect To Deceased Nigerian... Indulge In The Whimsical Elegance Of Ejiro Amos Tafiri’s SS23 ‘Ilé mi, Ilè... Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.