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Kondakis’s Upcycled-Parachute Fashions Help Educate Maasai Girls

Kondakis’s motto? “Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open.”

By Helen Morgan - Source: http://www.ecouterre.com
Photo © Kondakis

Photo © Kondakis

Nike Kondakis isn’t your everyday designer. For several years, the Kenya-based artist has been “redesigning” her multipurpose, conceptual looks using a combination of upcycled parachutes, cruelty-free peace silk, wood from fallen trees, and other found objects. Bolstered by a three-year stint studying responsible entrepreneurship at KaosPilot in her native Europe, Kondakis’s eponymous label boasts a strong ethical conscience. Besides paying the people she works with a fair price—her yarns are hand-spun and organically dyed in coffee, tea, and turmeric by women in the Nairobi slum of Kibera—Kondakis also earmarks a percentage of her profits for the education of Maasai girls in the Kenyan bush.

Photo © Kondakis

Photo © Kondakis

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