Whitecliffe Fashion Design department has been selected to pilot an international sustainable fashion design project that will be opened up to other institutions around the world in 2015. The project seeks to bring more awareness of sustainable fashion practices into the world, through students designing products made of organic cotton from an impeccable organic supply chain in India.
Year 4 students Katie Davison, Sojung Lim, Wilson Ong and Nicole Wesseling are taking up this exciting opportunity. Each has been given their choice of nine metres of organic cloth from Appachi Cotton, a company of farmers and weavers in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India. Appachi Cotton farms organic cotton and uses traditional techniques to weave the fabric. Students create one design in three sizes, available for sale for over $1000 each on the Seed to Self website. 75% of income from sales will go to the Seed to Self project and 25% will be given back to the designer. The designs will be submitted to a judging panel and one designer will be selected to travel to India to experience a three-week Internship at Appachi Cotton.
(photo from l-r: Sojung Lim, Wilson Ong, Nicole Wesseling, Katie Davison)