Transparency & Vision.
We are living in a time many people refer to as the Anthropocene. Humans have become the single most influential species on the planet, causing significant global warming and other changes to land, environment, water, organisms and the atmosphere. This is the time for us to slow down, listen deeply and take aligned action to help our planet shift towards healing.
It is our sacred decision to live slowly, in sync with nature.We believe in living a slow-paced and ethical life where we buy less and value that which we own. What we spend money on speaks loudly about the kind of world we want to live in. By respecting and honouring nature through consuming less we can preserve life.
The times of fast cheap profit and business models that harm are coming to an end.
Working together for the good of the whole earth.
How Woven Seeds Was Birthed.
My journey with traditional and ethical textiles started in 2010 when I lived in Malawi for a while. Out there I saw the dumps of second-hand clothes coming from the west, sold at high prices to market sellers. When we really believe we are donating to charity, our old clothes either end up in landfill or go to these vast African markets. I spoke to local tailors who told me they lost work due to all these western clothes coming in. The traditional fabric factories had closed down, and China was importing cheap fakes.
With a friend I decided to do something about it and created a small fashion brand producing clothing with tailors and providing them with fair trade work. We pulled second-hand fabrics out of the market and up-cycled them onto denim jackets.
This little brand didn’t go very far, but it was the beginning of the journey. As I travelled around the world I started to witness more and more decline of traditional fabrics and tailors losing work over fast fashion sweeping through markets.
I was a traveller for 5 years - and wherever I went I asked local tailors to make designs I had created. Many skilled artisans taught me about their traditional fabrics. From block print to natural dyes, natural hemp, nettle knits, fabric woven on the looms, to plants woven into bags and shoes.
My wardrobe is an accumulation of the places I’ve been and each piece I own has a story. A story of the human behind the clothing, our friendship, and the love we share for indigenous textiles.
I created Woven Seeds to bring you the stories of these people. The stories behind the clothes. So you too can own unique handmade items from natural materials. You too can support the tailors and fabric makers who have their trade dying off. You can choose to stop buying fast fashion and create a wardrobe full of change, growth and revolution.
Luca (Woven Seeds Founder)