Kinabuti, a fashion label uses its designs to inspire and liberate women especially those from the oil rich producing Niger Delta region that have little hope of using their given talents to provide for themselves and families. Kinabuti, spearheaded by designer and creative director, Caterina Bortolussi has come to help women across generations express their own individuality and flair by developing on their talents, hence its not just all about fashion, its also about women empowerment.
The label, which only just recently marked its one-year in the fashion industry, has grown tremendously and has received recognition from both local and international media including CNN.com.
On Saturday April 7th, as part of the Kinabuti Fashion Initiative (KFI), committed to improve living conditions in the Waterfront communities where it operates carried out its first, in a series of 4monthly sanitation exercise to be held every first Saturday of the Month. The exercise was hosted in the waterfront communities in Port Harcourt. At 6:00am, members of the Bundu community, Old and young, male and female, youths and community leaders along side the Kinabuti Team and friends of Kinabuti, all trooped out en-mass to begin the tedious but most rewarding exercise of cleaning out gutters, alleys, picking and taking out trash and garbage.
The exercise, also done in collaboration with the Rivers State Environmental and Sanitation Authority was adjudged by the people to have been a tremendous success as it not only brought out the communal spirit in them but also finally put Bundu on the map for weekly collection and permanent bins will be placed in the area, a feat which had hitherto had never happened. It was an amazing milestone in the community
KFI, keeping in line with its capacity building programme, organized a training workshop targeted at training single mothers. The first workshop, financed by Kinabuti, started on April 2nd 2012 and it is still currently under implementation, is focused primarily on teaching them the art of silkscreen production and design.
The workshop is aimed at teaching the participant important skills of the making of printed garments and print in silk-screen on different surfaces using local and easily accessible materials. The bone of this project was to develop these women in a vocational skill to earn a living and support their children and other dependants in a sustainable manner.