Fashion design in itself can be such a superficial, consumeristic, horrible-in-a-lot-of-ways industry. I chose to pursue it anyway, knowing that although it’s not the norm (yet), there are ways to work in the industry while positively impacting other people & the earth. I could never have imagined I’d be doing what I am now, going into my third year of college & using fashion design to serve people 7,500 miles away. What the heck. God is SO good and I do not deserve the opportunities he’s given me this past year, but I hope it shines some light on how faithful He is! Keep reading for some more info about this project & description of what’s goin on in this pic! •
Because of the patternmaking skills I’ve learned in my classes at @westernmichu / @wmucehd, and some God-given “coincidences” & connections, I’ve been able to collaborate with @kigezi_women and work towards empowering women in rural Uganda. •
I designed a wrap skirt & put together an instruction booklet to send over so these (incredibly skilled) women can learn how to make it. By also providing funding for sewing machines & supplies, our goal is to help the women begin to make these skirts (and other goods) to sell at their local markets to start generating some additional income for their villages. •
Here they are today in Uganda takin’ a sneak peek at the sewing instruction booklet for the Turaaka Wrap Skirt. The instructions are being translated & they’ll start working with the sewing instructor on Thursday to begin learning how to make it! •
This is so surreal to see. These women are INCREDIBLE and I am beyond blessed to be even remotely involved. I can only hope to make it over there one day to meet these women in person!