Artisan craft to light up the stage in costumes for NYC play

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By Staff | Events
Posted Feb 29, 2016

Costume designers source inspiration and materials from far and wide but a new play opening in NYC sourced its materials directly from artisans.

American writer, director and designer, Andrew Ondrejcak contacted the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, who in turn connected artisans from Burkina Faso, Mali, Kenya and Haiti to create the costume collection for his upcoming play, ELIJAH GREEN. The ELIJAH GREEN costumes will feature hand-painted bogolan fabric from Mali, hand-woven danfani fabric from Burkina Faso, Maasai jewellery from Kenya and fer decoupé and papier-mâché accessories from Haiti.

“We believe art remains a step ahead and guides where fashion goes. This is why we are supporting Andrew’s incredibly innovative initiative.” shares Simone Cipriani, Head and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Inspired by the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and August Strindberg’s A Dream Play, ELIJAH GREEN follows a divine spirit as it wanders through contemporary life. Despite unremarkable existences, the stories of the characters layer into a portrait of the interconnectivity of all humans, with each individual both the centre of the world and part of something they cannot comprehend. Andrew Ondrejcak is Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City where he is working on ELIJAH GREEN, which will premiere at The Kitchen in March 2016.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. The organization works with the rising generation of fashion talent from Africa, encouraging the forging of fulfilling creative collaborations with artisan on the content. The EFI also enables artisan living in urban and rural poverty to connect with the global fashion chain. Under its slogan, “NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK.” the Ethical Fashion Initiative advocates a fairer global fashion industry.

ELIJAH GREEN will premiere on March 10th at The Kitchen in New York. Find out more & buy tickets >

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