Ethik-BGCÂ is a social business oriented organization, as well as a retail space, a gallery, and a business resources center devoted to ethical fashion in support of eco and socially responsible designers. As the first ethical fashion incubatorÂ in Canada, Ethik- BGC also acts as a platform of information and awareness raising amongst the general public and for actors working in the apparel and textile industry.
THE WAYUU WOMEN PROJECT
The WayuÌu are indigenous people inhabiting the Guajira Peninsula, the northeastern part of Colombia, bor- dering Venezuela; this community of matriarchal structure has adapted to the harsh desert climate located overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The Wayuu indigenous women still today preserved their cultural traditions, including the craft of weaving, taught according to the myth by the spider or Wale â€˜Keru.
Backpacks are the ultimate expression of tissue WayuuÌ. They are easily recognizable by their colors and designs. Each bag has a traditional design called a Kanasu that represent their cosmology and abstract elements from their lives.
Each piece can take approximately 20 days for a woman to finish. The traditional design and the top quality design is made with the single thread closed crochet technique, which according to the artisans themselves, is not the finest of the crochet technique, but also allows them to guarantee a minimum life time of the Â bag of 30 years.
FEM International/Ethik BGC work in partnership with the SENA national center of education of Colombia directly with the artisans and with this project has as a mission to preserve cultural heritage and increase the quality of life of the wuayuus people who despite their cultural richness remains a highly impoverished community.