Consuming less and valueing other people's work and cultures.
I find happiness in being able to do with less things lately. I appreciate small actions and feelings more and more. It's an ongoing change to my mindset.
I find happiness in doing my part (even if little) for locals in 3rd world countries, so they can live more comfortably. I purchase from them at a fair price. This way I support locals to live the way they choose without them being forced into Western style. I am proud to be able to reinforce their own cultural habits and trades even if my personal actions, or purchases for Kioko are little.
Global companies might offer work to locals but force them into new ways of agricultural or manufacturing which often - not always - negativily impacts the local environment and who makes locals dependent on those companies. I try to make a conscious decision with each purchase and hold my decision against my person values.
"I strongly believe in the redivision of wealth on a global scale. I can't change the world but I can evaluate and change my own habits."
One example of our value of global redivision is our choice to produce in Morocco but at a Fair price and not in Europe. But we take it further:
We at @kiokokids are experimenting with handwoven cloth made in Mali by the ancient Bogolan technique. Hopefully our customers pick-up on this gorgeous handmade fabric, so we can increase our trade with Strawberry Fabrics and their efforts to offer meaningful work in Mali villages.
Bogolan Mali Fabric ⠀⠀
Bogolan means made from mud in Bamabara the main language of Mali. The bogolan technique of dyeing and printing cotton is entirely organic and kind to the environment. It contains no harmful mordants or chemicals and it uses dried leaves and tree bark as dye stuff.
Bogolan is the quintessential West African textile also called mudcloth made in a large part of sub Saharan West Africa. Although particularly associated with Mali and above all the river Niger. Traditionally the textile is made using narrow strips of cotton cloth woven on looms in the villages producing ca. 15 cm wide clothes, which is then sewn together by hand to produce a fabric wide enough to make into clothing. Discover our first prototype in our upcoming crowdfunding.
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