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Help VOZ bring its first fully artisan-designed fashion collection to NY Fashion Week!
WE - VOZ - are a fair trade fashion collective using collaborative design to connect rural artisans to global opportunities. VOZ means voice because our designs express the voices of the artisans that create them. We have built VOZ over the last year and a half with indigenous Mapuche women in Southern Chile to become an open platform in which designers and traditional artisans came together to exchange skills, perspectives, and build collections of beautiful clothing.
Help us make this dream come true!
The success of campaign will allow us to design a full fashion collection that is elegant, original, exciting, professional, and wholly derived from artisans' ideas. This campaign also enables us to bring this collection to market by launching our designs in New York Fashion Week and Coterie tradeshows next February for Autumn / Winter 2013.
Break down of expenses:
- Buy quality materials such as wool, llama, silk, cotton, and natural dyes for our next collection
- Pay weavers living wages for prototype development and production
- Transportation to bring weavers and designers together, as well as exhibit collection
- Maintaining our small studio in rural Chile for 4 months
- Exhibiting the collection at a fashion trade show in February, to bridge to more professional sales oppotunities!
Irma Lincoqueo, designer of Poncho Alerce, showing her prototype in our workshop.
Our workshop in Southern Chile is filled with prototypes and drawings, and we need a push of support from the community to buy materials, pay the weavers fair wages to develop the ideas with us, and craft our final pieces. As a fledgling start up, we need help to fully realize our mission of developing artisans' ideas into high fashions - cultivating sustainable education in rural Chile within traditional weaver communities, as well as author credit and design royalties for the artisans who participate.
Marta Isabel Huitraiñan Aillapán, VOZ Co-Founder, showing her prototype.
VOZ is our hope for a profoundly different design model. We offer rural design workshops to foster an extraordinary creative dialogue between artisans, designers and the public.
Today many traditional weavers in Latin America struggle to make a living practicing their craft because cheap knockoffs have saturated their local marketplaces. This makes it nearly impossible for rural weavers to sustain themselves by selling their craftwork. Often the pressure is so great that artisans are forced to stop practicing their ancestral art forms. VOZ now provides materials and fair trade wages to a community of 27 weavers and seamstresses, and can dramatically scale these professional opportunities as we grow.
Margarita Ñanculef Calfín, VOZ Co-Founder, prepares yarn for weaving.
Mainstream fashion design has come to depend on globalized unhealthy production chains that surround us with countless disposable objects. Mass-produced fashion has disrupted the relationship between maker and wearer. VOZ is committed to reconnecting community via collaborative design.
At VOZ, our artisan partners proudly protect and cultivate indigenous art forms and techniques, often reviving ancient knowledge about weaves, dyes, and symbols. We envision a future for fashion, in which ancient wisdom, sexy style, cutting edge innovation, and global problem solving are the elements that compose beautiful clothing.
VOZ weavers dye yarn with plant recipes passed down from generations.
VOZ is change through beauty, join the movement!
In addition to this Indiegogo campaign, please support our initiative by following us on twitter @madebyvoz, pinterest, friending us on facebook, and shopping our latest collections at www.madebyvoz.com. Please spread the word about our mission to your family and friends!
Jasmine, a fine artist and designer, was born and raised in California where she studied product design at Stanford University. She has dedicated her life’s work to serving community through art and design, including performance arts events, furniture design, graphic design, and fashion. The seeds of VOZ began when Jasmine studied ceremonial design with Q'ero shamans in the Peruvian Highlands in order reconnect product design to craft and cultural story-telling. She partnered with a Chilean NGO the Chol Chol Foundation where she met an incredible community of Mapuche weavers in Southern Chile who had been working over the last thirty years to rescue and develop their ancestral weaving techniques. Jasmine proposed a program for contemporary fashion to compliment their traditional art in order to help them reach new audiences.
Our early prototypes were widely coveted in trade shows in 2010, but we needed to start a business to cull the resources necessary to begin. In 2011 our first successful crowd-funding campaign launched an eight-month design workshop series in Temuco, and we went on to win Start Up Chile and Fundación Chile. This allowed VOZ to train a community of artisans and develop a mini-collection, Fall Winter 2012, which recently hit the shelves for this autumn and is now being carried by eight retailers. This progress has been wonderful, but we have yet to develop over a hundred prototypes and ideas from our work last year and fulfill our dream of a full fashion collection of 30 clothing pieces and expanded accessories.
Today VOZ is materializing beautifully thanks to the extraordinary team and community that has come together over the last year and half, including Lorena Mardones, Kyra Davis, Karen Ladenheim, Maria Eugenia Maliqueo, Mercedes Montalva, Jess Brown, Irys Kornbluth, Fabian Castro, David Guendelman, Natasha Huang, Justine Massey, Jeannette Valenzuela and Artisan Directors Pascuala del Carmen Leal Vásquez, Irma Lincoqueo, Jacqueline Virginia Valdevenito Monasterio, Julia Torres, Margarita Ñanculef Calfín, Maria Veronica Currivil Nahuel, Marta Isabel Huitraiñan Aillapán, Rosa Isabel Ñanculef Huircapán, Zenobia Currivil Nahuel, Sandy Sandoval, Marcie Valdevenito, Anita Luisa Paillamil Antiqueo, Sonia Catrileo Jaramillo, Ana Currivil, María Huento, María Levil Yevilao, Isabel Currivil, Rosa Mora, Erna Isolina Vallejos, Marisol Adriana Cruces Liempi and Nina Alonso. We’re advised by the most talented people we know, including Bill Burnett, Laura Norris, Sandra Hirschberg, Derek Footer, and Rebecca Rich.
As close as we are to creating a real high fashion collection - we cannot do it without your support!
"Planeta" VOZ Clutch
"Viaje" Exclusive Indiegogo Pouch
(sizes, colors and patterns will vary)
"Ambiente" Scarf Ko
"Ambiente" Scarf Newen
"Eclipse" Shawl Trigo
"Estrella" Dress Anu
Exclusive IndieGoGo gloves! *available in various colors!
Team on This Campaign:
Founder and Designer