Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New York Fashion Week Highlight: Greenshows

While the New York Fashion week received a lot of press, its eco-friendly counterpart might have slipped by you. The Greenshows, a collection of designers and their trends that utilize environmentally friendly materials or production techniques, took place in the East Village of Manhattan. Some writers in attendance noted the, "All-natural dyes, knit details, and interesting, experimental fibres," that swept down the runway. Organic fibers were also an enormous part of the show.

With the rise of the "green" movement in New York City and elsewhere, do you think that environmentally friendly products and procedures will one day overtake traditional design and manufacturing techniques? Would you prefer a greener wardrobe?

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