The Umòja adventure could be made possible thanks to various partners we met around the world, including artisan cooperatives. We would like to thank them and present them to you through this page.
All our partners are social entrepreneurs, who work for the conservation of a fragile cultural heritage, respect for the environment and the occupational integration of fragile people. We met with them on several two-week trips in December 2017, August and November 2018, in order to understand their needs and to soak up the essence of their know-how.
In the 1970s, Élisabeth, a self-taught weaver, created its weaving centre to promote the occupational integration of the most vulnerable women. The weavers weave the Faso Danfani, a robust and natural textile symbol of Burkinabe craftsmanship.
Mai created her art workshop in Senegal in order to support a traditional trade in extinction: the weaving Manjak. The particularity of Manjak fabric lies in the weaving technique. Two to three craftsmen per loom are needed to make this traditional fabric. know-how that requires precision and patience.
Seeing massive youth unemployment, Boubacar creates its traditional painting center in order to provide an alternative to youth unemployment. Young people are trained in the application of natural dyes on cotton (manufacture of bogolans and galas)
The search for natural fibre weavers led us to Guy’s workshop. This weaver cooperative is engaged in a process of conservation of textile based on ancient natural raffia and dye. Historically, the raphia loincloth symbolizes royalty, greatness and some sometimes attribute a mystical character.
Mr Bukenya is a farmer who has been producing traditional Ugandan textiles for over 20 years. The special feature of this textile is that it comes from a tree bark.Called lubbugo, it is a fibrous textile made from the bark of Mutuba fig tree. This work is one of the oldest in humanity.According to UNESCO, this historic technique predates the invention of weaving.
Cette coopérative travaille depuis plusieurs années sur la transformation des fibres de bananiers, un produit innovant et biodégradable. Elle a formé plus de 400 jeunes à l’extraction et l’utilisation des fibres de bananiers. Certains se sont spécialisés dans la production de textiles et d’objets d’artisanat.
We have also found valuable partners in Portugal, especially in the manufacture of our shoes. We are also part of an international label that brings together brands with an artistic, ethical and minimalist approach, called “Another Fashion is Possible“. You can find out more about these partners below.
For the manufacture of our shoes, we have chosen the workshop of Pedro located in Felgueiras in the region of Porto (Portugal). This semi-industrial workshop specializes in the production of sneaker produced in a reasonable quantity. We benefit not only from high-quality know-how but also from respect for the rights of employees.
The UAMEP brings together independent textile actors and designers who, in the face of changes in industry and the acceleration of lifestyles and consumption, have chosen to create a label (association Law 1901) to act on their ecosystem from an ethical, aesthetic, economic and human point of view