The second project of Talking Prints is Kontei and started in 2017.
These women in Balingsoela are also from the Maroon community like the woman from Drepada with the same history and cultural background (see project U ké).
The Balingsoela women have made embroidery on textile for years.
The technique is a cultural heritage that is being transferred from generation to generation.
The women practice embroidery as a hobby but also to earn some money on the side. Talking Prints saw this embroidery and wanted to embrace this technique by adding a little modern twist to it. We designed a traditional fanny pack with colorful embroidered patterns on top of it.
In 2020 a new product was added to the Talking Prints collection. In collaboration with Meredith Joeroeja, a talented Surinamese fashion designer, they designed the first Surinamese Kimono, called the Pangi-Mono.
The Pangi-Mono is the perfect fusion of a traditional Japanese design mixed with traditional Surinamese pangi fabric and a flavor of urban streetwear. With the new production line of the Pangi-Mono, even more women entered their employment project.
*products handmade by the women of project Kontei
The founders of Talking Prints keep their creativity flowing and they are working on a new bag exclusively for men. Like to know what this men's bag is going to look like. Follow their journey on instagram, facebook