Ethical Prints For Spring Summer 2012

Prints are massive news at the moment! I have always been a lover of bold, bright and beautiful prints even when minimalism was in fashion but now they are everywhere that I look, I am even more tempted by them. Bold and bright prints is just one area where ethical fashion comes into its own with traditional methods of printing and local inspiration being used create contemporary fashion pieces in Fairtrade cooperatives and ethical fashion initiatives around the world. Let the high street copy and take inspiration from the prints of Africa, Asia and South America but I would much prefer the real thing because prints this beautiful transcend fashion and trends.

Check these Out!

Lalesso SS12

Lalesso Dress SS12

Lalesso prints

Lalesso

Lalesso uses the creative talent of Kenyan artisans after realising the raw talent, incredible design aesthetics, rich resources and beautiful people that the country has to offer.

Modahnik SS12

Modahnik

Modahnik is a US based label founded by Kahindo Mateene, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sika dress SS12

Sika is a fantastic brand that I have only just discovered (and really glad I did!). They use fabrics sourced from  local Ghanaian markets and hand-made using natural methods, creating exclusive limited prints. Each unique piece defines an area in West Africa’s vast textile landscape, using traditional fabrics such as tie dye, batik’s and wax prints.

Fair and True Peplum top

Fairtrade fashion

Fair trade printed jacket

Fair + True are a contemporary brand with an eclectic collection of clothes made in Kenya and Malawi under a Fair Trade schemes.

Suno ethical fashion
Suno SS12Suno dress SS12Suno is a New York based womenswear label which produces clothes in Kenya, India and Peru using combination of traditional, local techniques and high-end tailoring, with an emphasis on fit and fabric.

Choolips printed dress SS12

Choolips SS12

Choolips is London based brand working with batikers in Ghana to revamp traditional techniques and producing clothes in Kenya, Ghana and India.

What do you think? tempted? I have also heard that the new ASOS Africa collection will be released very soon, I will keep you posted.

Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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17 thoughts on “Ethical Prints For Spring Summer 2012

  1. There are a lot of Ghanaian women living locally, I always like seeing their traditional outfits because the fabrics are so incredible, and these outfits combine that with modern shapes and styles. The models look amazing, not sure I could quite carry these off though.

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