How We Work
The collection items we make together with the makers are made with love, 100% cotton and fair trade agreements. We promote local crafts and we work hand in hand with our team of talented artisans.
The concepts and sketches for new prints are created in our studio and the final print designs are made in collaboration with the batikers. We discuss the design and start experimenting with shapes, placement of the print and colouring until the best print is coming out.
Dyeing - Batik
Our fabrics are printed with the batik stamp technique. With the use of hot wax and a stamp made from foam you print the pattern on the fabric. The fabric will then be dipped in different colour dyes and dried in the sun. To remove the excess wax of the fabric it will be 'washed' in boiled water. The batikers are buying the materials (wax, dyes, tools) from the local market. The dyes we use are reactive dyes, these dyes create bright colours. The colour grading is a very precise work and a small change in the amount of dye used during the process can already change the final hue.
The cotton we currently use for the batik production is plain, undyed cotton sourced from GTP Ghana. We purchase the cotton at local markets, like Nima market in Accra. To make our label more sustainable we are looking for ways to have organic cotton, made in West-Africa. Any suggestions to make this happen are very welcome!
We make fair trade agreements with our contractors. We regularly talk about prices as costs are changing and the local currency is not stable in Ghana. The contractors set the final prices for each garment and getting paid for every garment they make. This is a percentage around 10% for each garment, for both the sewing and dyeing.
We are a slow fashion label and we produce a limited production for each collection. When an item is sold out, we inform our team to produce a new stock for the requested garment. We do this to not have any over stock of our collection. Left over fabric we use to create smaller items, like bags and scrunchies.