The Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Fashion Design department has been awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) for students’ ongoing participation in Project Matatika 2015.
The venture is part of a sustainable fashion project established through Seed to Self, an organisation founded by entrepreneurs Theresa Grantham and Gijs Spoor, that seeks to bring more awareness of ethical and sustainable practices into the world, through students designing products made of organic cotton from an ethical supply chain in India.
Whitecliffe students were exclusively selected for the inception of Project Matatika earlier this year. Each Whitecliffe student was given their choice of nine metres of organic cloth from Appachi Cotton, a company of farmers and weavers using traditional weaving techniques in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India. Students created one design in three sizes, available for sale on the Seed to Self website. 75% of income from sales will go to the future development of Project Matatika and 25% will be given back to the student designer.
Belinda Watt, HOD Fashion Design and students from Year Four, Year Three and Year Two, Sophia Butler, Katie Davison, Zuzana Edwards, Jessica Greetham, Sojung Lim, Wilson Ong, Grace Pearson-Green and Nicole Wesseling are the selected students who will travel to India in early 2015 to present the Project Matatika as well as images from their recent collections to fashion students at Pearl Academy in Chennai, Delhi and Noida. Students from Pearl Academy will also be invited to participate in the project in 2015, for a joint creative learning experience using sustainable and organic fabrics from an ethical value chain. While in India, Whitecliffe students will also partake in numerous educational opportunities and cultural exchanges, including learning ethical and sustainable fashion practices and traditional artisan craft skills.
Whitecliffe is pleased to be a part of this exciting project and would like to thank Education NZ and Seed to Self for this incredible opportunity. Whitecliffe congratulates the selected students embarking shortly on their journey to India.
For more information and updates about the project, please visit the Seed to Self Facebook page.
image l-r: HOD Belinda Watt, Nicole Wesseling, Jessica Greetham, Sophia Butler, Wilson Ong, Grace Pearson-Green, Katie Davison, Zuzana Edwards and Sojung Lim