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DIY Workshop: Design Your Own Finishing Touches on Zero Waste Pouches with Sally Strasser from Taleo Handmade


Are you interested in sustainability and zero waste design as it relates to the slow fashion movement?  Taleo Handmade works with ethnic minority women in Laos and Vietnam who are expert weavers, embroiderers and natural dyers.  We are a fair trade focused business dedicated to empowering our artisan partners and preserving their all natural cotton and hemp weaving traditions.  We design bags, small accessories, and home goods using their beautiful hand woven fabrics with a special focus on not wasting even one small piece of leftover fabric.  At our SoWa DIY session you will learn about our inspiring artisan partners, see examples of their traditional handmade clothing, and understand how we design our products in line with fair trade and zero waste principles.  

In our SoWa workshop you will choose from a selection of our colorful zero waste zipper pouches made from small pieces of vintage ethnic minority hemp fabrics.  You will learn how to craft a multi-strand corded zipper pull which you will decorate with your choice of metal, wood, fabric and ceramic beads, all personally sourced by me in small markets in Thailand.  You will create a unique embellishment for your one-of-a-kind Taleo Handmade pouch, and we hope you'll leave feeling inspired by fair trade, zero waste design and the slow fashion movement.

Earlier Event: September 29
SoWa Open Market
Later Event: October 4
SoWa First Friday