WOVEN WITH HOPE
一This special collection was developed in the Mtendeli refugee camp in collaboration between the staff members of WomenCraft, refugee artisans, and Berlin-based designer Mark Kwami, who has been a long-time supporter and mentor of WomenCraft in areas ranging from product development to export market access.
“It was a very collaborative process spanning a few months to come to the final launch in February, 2018”, commented Kara Hook, Sales and Operations Manager at WomenCraft.
Simply by looking at the sleek and modern design of each item, one may find it hard to believe the entire collection was conceived and crafted in a severely underfunded refugee camp. And yet the artisans have blended in their secret ingredients to make these products extra special - the white strings are recycled from the sacks used by the World Food Program for food distribution to the refugee camps. The sewing thread procured in the local market adds a pop of color, while reinforcing the natural beauty of sweet grass as a prominent design feature.
Burundian refugee artisans