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Online Exhibition: 6876 km — Opens

April 22, 2021

three photos of a tie dyed skirt
Patchwork dress created by Sarah Nsikak (La Réunion) with textiles botanically dyed in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire with artisans supported by There is No Limit Foundation and Mariama Fashion Production. The dress is inspired by the women of Namibia’s Herero tribe, who—after surviving colonial wars in the early 20th century—designed, wore, and adapted the patchwork dress, a style worn by their oppressors, as a symbol of rebellion and empowerment.

6876 km is the distance from the Garment District in Manhattan to The Association of Women Tie-Dyers in Modiya, Kindia. 6876 km is also the distance traveled every 6 seconds by women and girls collecting water on foot for basic needs.

In the online exhibition 6876 km, photographs by Jon Brown document the creation of a naturally dyed, zero-waste collection of textile art, including the plants and people who made them, from New York City to Kindia, Guinea, and Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire.  

This exhibition, conceived by FIT Assistant Professor Theanne Schiros and created as part of FIT’s 15th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, celebrates the skills and cultural heritage of the people—especially indigenous artisans and women—who make our textiles, the power of education and community as drivers of inclusive sustainable development, and of fashion as a vehicle for change.

View the exhibition here.

This virtual exhibition is free and open to the public.