Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Craft Afrika will on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi, convene Afrika Handmade, a 2 day event that will focus on contemporary craft and design produced in Kenya.
Registered as a social enterprise in Kenya, Craft Afrika is involved in creating opportunities that enable viable, dynamic craft and design enterprises. In this regard, Craft Afrika was set up to address gaps in two specific areas: knowledge sharing [including business and technical skills training as well as mentorship] and market development [including market access].
The Afrika Handmade symposium is a strategic activity under Craft Afrika’s market development program, which seeks to create markets for locally produced handmade goods. The objective of the symposium therefore, is to generate visibility for the contemporary craft and design sector, thereby opening up new market opportunities, especially at the domestic and regional level.
This is the first edition of Afrika Handmade.
One of the biggest challenges facing contemporary craft and design entrepreneurs is accessing profitable and sustainable markets. This challenge is caused partly by the fact that a large portion of the potential target market is unaware of the existence of a more innovative genre of craft. Indeed, mention the word ‘craft’ and for most people, the association is with the ‘maasai’ market, often characterised by cheap, mass produced souvenirs and curios.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Edun’s spring collection featured the artisanal jewelry of the Tuareg, and those distinctive West African shapes were echoed in the knit handbags that came with an ingenious 3-D-printed handle.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Zara Okpara, Nelly Aboagye of DUABA SERWA, Simone Cipriani, Mina Evans and Lisa Folawiyo of Jewel by Lisa backstage before the Beat of Africa show.
For the 4th year, ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative collaborates with Altaroma to bring fashion talent from Africa to Rome. This year’s edition included Christie Brown, Mo Saïque and Anita Quansah London participating in Altaroma's Room Service, followed by the "Beat of Africa” fashion show with DUABA SERWA and Mina Evans from Ghana, Jewel by Lisa, a special guest from Nigeria and the much coveted Stella Jean who now works with EFI across all regions.
Love these backstage photos...
Lisa Folawiyo with Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson
More photos after cut...