JEANS SAVING LIVES
MEGHAN Markle loves these jeans and now youngsters can support a community event organised by the company that makes them.
Outland Denim is an ethical clothing brand, based at Mount Tamborine, that provides sustainable employment and training opportunities for women who have been rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
It caught the eye of the Duchess of Sussex, who wore their jeans during their official tour Down Under, and now Outland Denim has teamed with artist Belinda Smith to set up Blue Jeans Sisters.
They will host a community art workshop in Murwillumbah tomorrow and in Coolangatta on January 16 where youngsters aged 12 and over will make denim dolls out of recycled denim.
These will be displayed at an exhibition in Brisbane, entitled A
Fierce Hope, and then donated to orphanages and rescue homes in Cambodia and India.
Ms Smith said the aim of the project was to raise awareness of exploitation of human labour and the environment in the fashion industry.
“Modern slavery affects 45.8 million lives in many of the poorest countries and three quarters of this alarming figure are women and girls,” she said.
Workshop participants will each make a doll out of recycled denim jeans, each unique with variations in colour and workmanship.
“The demographic we are targeting with this workshop at Level Up is perfect for the message of this project.
“Teens who are highly fashion conscious can be taught to be thoughtful consumers,” Ms Smith said.
Outland Denim made international headlines when Ms Markle championed the Aussie brand that employs survivors of the sex and human trafficking trade in Cambodia, helping the company give more women a safe future.
DOLLED UP: Belinda Smith with some of the denim dolls to be part of the exhibition.