Afia wins for Ghana! The Ethical Fashion Forum NY Innovation Award
We recently posted about sustainable apparel line Afia which values craft and the production process owned by Meghan Sebold. They make their patterns in Chicago, New York’s garment district, as well as Ghana, West Africa; their textiles are sourced from small vendors in Ghana. Their bulk purchase of fabric directly and immediately impacts them. They have just now been awarded the Ethical Fashion Forum New York 2011 Innovation Award.
The business of Afia could be what attracted the judges. Meghan had visited and studied in Ghana in 2006 and caught up with the vibrancy and beauty of the textiles, the talent and ambitions of the local tailors and textiles vendors. It was this idea and complexities of working in developing economies which inspired this trip and her further research study of the local textile industry, and her desire to develop a business model that would go on to create a larger consumer market for Ghanaian textile vendors and seamstresses.