Inclusive trade is growing...
When two worlds come together, no one can stop the magic. In 2015, when KARIGAR first designed their collection in Amsterdam handmade by rural Indian artisans, they experienced the power of this unusual unison. Since then, the KARIGAR team of Jolijn, Sindhu and Kanak have made it their mission to bring smart fashion made by some of the world’s best artisans to people everywhere. The Amsterdam-based brand’s taste for sophisticated colours, high quality natural materials and refined patterns have helped create fashion with style and soul. But it can only make a difference when combined with the ancient crafting skills of their rural artisan partners. By speaking the subtle language of design, KARIGAR offers you a product with not just a story but also style that stands out from the crowd. Because just looking good isn’t enough anymore.
Rhumaa aims to produce fashion that means something. Every time a purchase is made, a percentage of the turnover goes to the Rhumaa Foundation. The goal is to help young individuals from developing countries and communities improve their artistic talents so they have a better chance of finding a job, whether this be in the arts or industry related fields. Rhumaa does this by running projects to help support their collaborating artists and by partnering with job creation organisations that help support skills development in underprivileged communities.
Rhumaa closely partners and cooperates with 'Learn to Earn', who are a skill development and job creation organization in South Africa. They seek to develop unemployed people socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually. Their skills development and training centres are based in an informal settlement area of Cape Town called 'Khayelitsha'. Here, they aim to minimise unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa. Since 1989 they have trained more than 10 500 unemployed people with market-related skills.
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