The African Fashion Foundation in collaboration with the Lotte Accra and Adonai Foundation have created a project that aims to empower, equip and encourage young street female potters (kayayei) by pairing them with some great talents in the fashion industry for a skill-exchange program. With this in mind, a new collaborative collection was presented at this year’s edition of Glitz Africa Fashion Week by Ophelia Crossland and Velmas Accessories.
The young street woman also known as kayayei worked with the designers to be trained in sewing and production skills in order to contribute to the collection which was showcased. The project was a social impact venture to empower the kayayie woman and to show a way that fashion can be used for good.
The event which was held at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre had a lot Ghanaian celebrities attending, this include Victoria Michaels, Shirley E.F Tibilla (Cockie Tee), Kwaku Akuoko Boateng, Kofi Okyere Darko, Mai Atafo from Nigeria and a whole lot more. The theme was “Projecting African Culture through Design”.
Roberta Annan who’s at the helm of the African Fashion Foundation wrote this on her Instagram page, “we launched a project that places kayayei (Head Porters) into workforce of fashion brands in Ghana. It was so heartwarming to see that Ophelia Crossland and Velmas Accessories were excited about the concept too”, she remarked. See the collection below!