At Global Tapestry, we make a number of things. Some of these items - such as the doll carriers and wrap scrap creations - are cut and sewn by myself. However, the sewing for our Inoshi Baby Carrier is split between myself and a local sewing group called Twich Womens' Sewing Collective.
Twich was founded by the ever so lovely Abuk Bol (on the left, photo from SBS). She named Twich after the tribe she comes from in South Sudan. Twich is a not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne's South East which provides retail and textile TAFE training to the local community. Twich also provides employment opertunities through making and selling clothing to the public and taking sewing commissions from other businesses (like from Global Tapestry!).
It has been lovely working with Abuk and Twich! I had been following their Facebook page for sometime, and when I realised I needed some extra hands in sewing the Inoshi, I reached out to them (they are located about 30min from us). We saw Twich as a perfect fit - on a personal level, as a teacher myself, the fact that they provide sewing tuition was close to my heart; on a business level, supporting not-for-profit businesses and charities in making and selling the Inoshi is very important to us as we want to have a positive global impact in what we do. Our working relationship has definitely been two-way - Abuk helped us streamline our processes, while we helped them to find a bigger premises when they grew and helped them set up their Etsy store which they will be launching shortly.
Last night, Twich was featured on the Australian SBS News with a lovely little feature about the wonderful things Abuk and Twich are doing. Click on the photo below to be taken to the SBS article to watch their video - we are so very proud of them!