Sunshine on a snowy day!

We’ll be launching lots of new gorgeous handmade goodies in our shop very soon but couldn’t resist putting these up today…

Two gorgeous new medium weight scarves – perfect for this never ending winter/never starting spring!

They’re double sided – bright, summery 100% cotton ‘hollandais’ fabrics on one side with a softer, more snuggly side made from 55% hemp/45% organic cotton jersey in charcoal grey.

The colours are uplifting and sunny but they’re keep you warm until the summer arrives

A snap at £25 and all the profit will help us to enrol more children like Tom, orphaned by HIV, enrol into primary school 🙂

‘Dice’ scarf new in our shop today

‘Arrows’ cotton/hemp/organic cotton scarf

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Shhhhhhhh…

It may seem pretty quiet around here but there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

Lots of lush new goodies and news from Uganda to follow soon…..in the mean time what do you think of these?

awamusummertops

Crossed backed summer tops for babies and girls

upclycled clutch bags

Clutch bags from grownups – upclycled and hollandais wax

sewing

These are wrap dresses for girls…busy busy!

Spring cleaning? Donate fabric, buttons, thread and sewing equipment to awamu

Robin could turn what you donate into something special!

Robin could turn what you donate into something special!

One of the biggest challenges is sourcing the fabrics and products that don’t damage the environment or have an impact on another community.

To find these things ourselves takes a huge amount of time and research but you might be able to help us….

If you are thinking of having a spring clean and you have thread, buttons or cotton fabric (or any natural fabric) around please consider donating it to us.

We can use for it training or transform it into something stunning to raise money to get even more children into school.

We need:

  • Thread
  • Fabric – especially plain fabric (including bedding/duvet covers if they are not bobbled/worn), we also love cord/baby cord and fabric in all different colour
  • Buttons
  • Zips
  • All sewing equipment can be found a new home where it will be loved and used.

Please get in touch if you can help.

Christmas gifts that change lives…

tom

Tom was ecstatic when he was able to enroll in school

We’ve just added even more gifts in our shop with prices starting from as little as £3!

Whether you’re buying for a favourite aunt or a hard-to-buy-for friend, you know you are making a real difference when you buy from awamu because you are also giving a wonderful gift of education to orphaned children like Tom in the slums of Kampala.

Tom was ecstatic when he found out his dream of enrolling in school would finally come true. Here is a little film we made with Tom and his Aunty so they can tell you for themselves how awamu is changing their lives.

Watch film now>> it’s only a few minutes long – we hope you will enjoy it.

£3 for a trio of African Wax fabric badges

£4 hang your own little treats on the tree palm leaf mini gift bags

£5 adopt a Zebra (or a whole heard!)

£7 -9 Purses and bags to help you organise your life!

£8 fill you stockings with a  rainbow of recycled paper beads

£14-£18 Add colour and comfort to your sofa

African businesses shortlisted for Ethical Fashion awards this years…

As we have already mentioned (YES!) we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a SOURCE Award.

They are Global Awards for Sustainable Fashion, recognising excellence in fashion and sustainability in 12 categories, from every part of the fashion industry supply chain and all over the world.

We are over the moon to have made it this far but we’ve just been reading this article by the African Fashion Guide (who have also been shortlisted) and we are even more thrilled to see how many African businesses have been shortlisted this year.

Congratulations to everyone!

Awamu shortlisted for an Ethical Fashion SOURCE award!

We’re totally blown away to have been shortlisted for the Ethical Fashion SOURCE award yesterday.

The awards recognise excellence in fashion and sustainability across 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply/manufacture, retail, and individual contribution.

We’ve are a finalist in the ‘Inovation in children’s wear’ section – recognising new talent in fashion and textiles design, combined with innovation in sustainability.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to get this far – a massive THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to nominate us.

We ♥ you.

Sunday screen printing – the giraffes are back!

We spent yesterday (a drizzly Sunday in N16) experimenting with ink  – we’ve screen printed a new batch of our organic cotton giraffe t-shirts and baby grows (as promised to many of you over the last few months!)

They’re finally back in our shop.

Steve gets involved

Naked Giraffes all over the house

More naked giraffes

Giraffe with spots

Children’s t-shirt (ages from 2 to 9 yrs)

Organic baby suit (ages from 3 – 18 mths)

Organic baby t-shirt (from 3 – 12 mths)

Organic slim fit children’s t-shirt for girls & hipsters

We’ve also experimented with some new designs – shortly to be appearing in our shop…..

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