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EthnicKraft To Hold Craft and Dance Workshops In KL

Emerging social enterprise EthnicKraft will be holding workshops in Kuala Lumpur     EthnicKraft co., an emerging social enterprise for independent artisans and craftswomen from Sarawak, is holding two workshops on Feb 25th and 26th. These one-of-a-kind workshops taught by Orang Ulu artisans, are being organised by EthnicKraft co. to raise funds for the DTLJ Education Trust (https://www.facebook.com/dtljeducationtrust/ or https://www.dtljedutrust.org/). The trust supports efforts to provide tertiary and special education access to the Orang Ulu youth of Baram, Sarawak. There will be two workshops offered, where proceeds will go to the DTLJ Education Trust: Craft Workshop (Sabu Uleng Beading) During the Craft workshop, participants will learn to understand the colours, selection and stringing of beads to make a traditional necklace called the “Sabu Uleng”. In Kenyah, it means “necklace with red pendant”. Dance Workshop (Datun Julud) The Datun Julud Dance workshop teaches participants basic steps and dance patterns that depict a hornbill in flight which will be led by Rose Awing, a veteran choreographer and crafts master, who has experience in conducting workshops and training across Malaysia and overseas. Datun Julud or the long dance by the ladies is traditionally performed to greet returning warriors, as well as to mark the end of the […]

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Fashion Revolution Malaysia Set To Make An Impact

  Fashion Revolution Malaysia seeks to heighten awareness towards ethical fashion Fashion Revolution Malaysia (FRM), the local chapter of UK-based Fashion Revolution, aims to heighten awareness towards ethical fashion at all levels. FRM country co-ordinator Sasibai Kimis is keen to meet with local ethical fashion brands and get them on board. Sasibai, who is also founder of local ethical fashion brand Earth Heir, emphasised that she and assistant country co-ordinator Laura Francois want FRM to be a collaborative effort. Their vision, she said, is for FRM to be an educational and collaborative platform to encourage sustainable fashion in Malaysia. To start with, they plan to educate and empower consumers and individuals, share information on sustainable fashion products and empower fashion designers with sustainability tools. The final level of engagement they aim for is to engage policy makers, namely companies and government. Part of their plan this year to spread awareness is to do another Fashion Revolution Week. “We are also trying to engage with Mercedes-Benz Fashion week, KL Fashion Week and also hope to do a Green Fashion Week Asia event,” Sasibai told Fashionably Kind in a recent interview. How it all began The seeds of Fashion Revolution Malaysia were […]

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Changing Consumer Trends Towards Sustainable Fashion In Singapore

Today’s post is from Eliina C, a Singapore-based mumpreneur and blogger who shares her perspective of the sustainable fashion scene in Singapore:  As consumers living in Singapore, there is no doubt that branding and pricing plays a part in our fashion purchases. Some are willing to pay for a brand that is internationally recognised while some want to get the best deals in town. How about paying for sustainably and ethically-made products? Over the years, consumers have been educating themselves about the effects of fast fashion but the majority of them do not put these lessons into practice. Similar to supporting the local brands, there are emerging brands popping up but how often do we purchase from them as compared to well-known international brands? Too Many Clothes? As consumers in Singapore, most purchase known brands, and unknowingly end up paying for the brand’s marketing presence and branding rather than the actual value of the product. An example is fashion online stores (formerly known as blogshops) which sell inexpensive clothing for young ladies. Their task is to purchase ready-made clothing overseas wholesale at a very low cost, without any prior fashion knowledge, mark up their retail prices for reasonable profits and re-brand […]

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Brand Of The Month: The Batik Boutique

How a friendship between two women spawned an award-winning social enterprise “Love is like a batik created from many emotional colors, it is a fabric whose pattern and brightness may vary.” ― Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of Love. There are many kinds and levels of love, as the above quote suggests, and the same applies to friendship. Rarely however, does an unlikely friendship birth a business, but such was the case for The Batik Boutique (TBB), a Kuala Lumpur-based social enterprise that empowers underprivileged women. “Ana, a single mom, lived in the government-subsidised PPR flats and was teaching me the local language (Bahasa Melayu) and helping part-time with childcare, cooking and cleaning. One afternoon, we were speaking in Bahasa over coffee and Ana shared how her parents needed $60 a month for medicine they could ill afford,” shared Amy Blair, founder and chief executive officer of The Batik Boutique. At the time, Ana was struggling to support her two kids on her own without full-time work, and didn’t have anyone else to turn to. That afternoon, the two women brainstormed how Ana could earn that extra money for her parents. Blair, who had a background in tourism, had noticed […]

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Six Podcasts About Sustainable Fashion You Need To Listen To

  Why podcasts are a good way to learn about sustainable fashion I’ll be honest with you: prior to starting this blog, I was not a big fan of podcasts. Sure, I would watch YouTube videos and very rarely listen to a podcast from a local business radio station, but these moments were few and far between. See, I’m a visual person, so I’d rather watch an interview rather than listen to a podcast or a radio interview. Heck, I don’t even listen to the radio anymore because I have my own music playlist to listen to at home or in the car while driving to work. I read my news online and watch media interviews on YouTube, so there’s really no need for the radio. Or so, I kidded myself. After starting this blog, I realised through online interactions with other bloggers that I was missing out on an important resource about sustainable fashion: podcasts. Through a little Internet research (and some recommendations by fellow bloggers), I actually found a number of podcasts on sustainable fashion. I’d like to share them with you here and hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did. BFM’s The Bigger […]

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