OUR PARTNER: DIPPED & DYED

At Dipped & Dyed, the leading belief is that fashion is the best tool for preserving at-risk cultural traditions and fostering sustainable economic growth in struggling communities. Each piece produced represents a true marriage of artistry and artisanship – celebrating history, supporting tradition and empowering small objects to tell big stories. Founded in 2012, the brand is the brainchild of Genevieve Cortinovis, a fashion and design historian with a serious case of wanderlust and a passion for working with organizations that promote traditional craft and design. All Dipped & Dyed artisans are paid fair wages, given normal working hours, encouraged to have a dialogue with their managers and work in a safe, child-labor-free environment.

 

Accompany Us to Cambodia:

 

Our team traveled to Cambodia to visit one of Dipped & Dyed’s production centers, a workshop in Phnom Penh. There we had the chance to meet Rachel, who came to Cambodia 15 years ago on a Fulbright Scholarship to research fair-trade organizations and how they work….and hasn't stopped since. After studying the myriad of NGOs in Phnom Penh, Rachel came to the conclusion that the way many NGOs work doesn't benefit the community in the greatest way possible – because it keeps them dependent on an outside organization. Rachel told us the story of an impoverished neighborhood, where an NGO was making sporadic deliveries of blankets, soap and toothbrushes. While beneficial to a degree, the unpredictable schedule of drop-offs was laden with problems. Some members of the community missed work because they were afraid to miss deliveries and had to be present to receive donations. The NGO responded by deciding to provide deliveries for only the unemployed, another imperfect solution…Rachel knew something had to change. Just like Accompany, she believes in the power of harnessing market capitalism, not fighting against it, trading in aid and teaching a man to fish, so he can eat forever. Soon after this experience, Rachel founded a for-profit workshop where she began a program to train and employ disadvantaged women. The women who work for Rachel have a visible connection with one another, and with her, bound by the belief that it is possible to create a better system within the textile industry. Our team spoke to 3 women working with Rachel, each of whom said their lives have changed dramatically for the better since starting their employment, giving them a steady income and renewed sense of confidence.

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