When we launched the Kimono jacket, we scheduled several workshops to teach the women this new garment. In between the workshops, the women have to practice their sewing skills so they can meet up to the quality standards that are required.After wrapping up these training sessions, the women are on their own and back to their traditional lifestyle. For example, doing dishes in the river, going back to their agriculture activities, taking care of the kids and their household. But how do they plan our Kimono orders into their traditional lifestyle and still meet up with our 'Western' deadlines? .........Honestly we don't know!
Fast Fashion vs Slow Fashion
If we would fit ourselves into a box we would say we are a slow fashion brand. Fast fashion is out of the question for us. Producing 4 collections every year like the fashion brands Monki, Zara, Daily Paper and H&M are doing would be stressful and suicidal for us. Time management in the rural areas is a whole other ball game. Did you know it took us almost one year to produce the Kimono (only one clothing item)?! Driving hours and hours to the rural area, giving sewing workshops, monitoring the deadlines, photoshoots and the list goes on.
We just take a chill pill, stick to our slow fashion and we just produce an all-year collection if you don't mind.
So before you purchase your next clothing or accessories, be aware of the amount of time that goes into making your products. Like to know how our Kimono of one year hard work turned out?
We present to you the Surinamese Kimono,named Pangi-Mono here !
Kimono with colorful patterns
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