Sus­tain­able cloth­ing is be­com­ing trendy

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FAST fash­ion makes a new t-shirt about as ex­pen­sive as a de­cent meal. While that’s good for the wal­let, it’s not quite as good for the peo­ple mak­ing our clothes. A ma­jor trend set to be big in 2017 is about fash­ion pro­duc­tion rather than the fash­ion it­self.

Brands across the world are gain­ing a name for pro­duc­ing eye-catch­ing cloth­ing through sus­tain­able prac­tices in coun­tries such as Ghana and Columbia.

Their prod­ucts are of­ten hand­crafted us­ing old tech­niques and are per­fect for a fash­ion fan who wants to feel good about what they are wear­ing.

Mamahuhu is a col­lec­tive of in­de­pen­dent shoe­mak­ers in Colom­bia whose brightly coloured leather boots, belts and bags are all hand­made.

It launched in 2010 af­ter seek­ing out cob­blers and shoe re­pair­ers across the coun­try. Mamahuhu’s work­shops also use leather pro­duced in Colom­bia.

Look out for their un­usual de­sign choices, es­pe­cially when it comes to their boots. The shades of leather range from a co­ral and blue com­bi­na­tion, to a del­i­cate gold and right to a green shade dubbed Ir­ish Clover. They’ll set you back from about $120 Aus­tralian dol­lars a pair.

Yevu Cloth­ing (pic­tured) is a sim­i­lar so­cial en­ter­prise in Ghana and its printed dresses, skirts and shirts are made and de­signed by lo­cal seam­stresses and tai­lors.

The brand has been around since 2013 and uses tra­di­tional wax print and hand­made tex­tiles and all their cloth­ing is made to get at­ten­tion.

One of its prints is a charm­ing pat­tern of gi­ant prawns set against a bright pink back­ground.

Yevu’s lat­est range was launched in Novem­ber and of­fers the same print in dif­fer­ent forms to match a shirt with a wrap skirt.

Their ladies’ clothes start from $120 and ac­ces­sories start from $40.

More at ye­vu­cloth­ing.com or mamahuhu.on­line.

PHOTO: YEVU CLOTH­ING

Items from Yevu Cloth­ing's Novem­ber 2016 re­lease.

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