Designers

Cecily Ophelia

In 2018 Cecily Ophelia spent seven months in Uganda and Rwanda working for Paper Fig Foundation, a small organization that promotes local fashion industries by providing training to women and girls as a way for them to become financially independent. For her graduation project she decided to return and employ some of the women she taught before as well as local artisans and craftswomen. 

‘Etaka’ is the Ugandan word for the red earth, which settles as dust on every surface. The collection is Cecily’s projection of beauty amongst apocalyptic visions of a destroyed landscape, the result of the climate catastrophe. Considering her own place in the creative renewal of this catastrophe, the collection follows principles of wabi-sabi in that it is made primarily from recycled and natural materials, such as bark cloth, a traditional Ugandan fabric harvested from the Mutuba tree. She emphasizes the hand made. “Valuing the process of time serves both as a therapy and a protest against the voracious cycle of the fashion treadmill, which weaves obsolescence into the very fabric of its garments.”

 

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

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Cecily Ophelia

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Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

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Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia

Cecily Ophelia