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Mungo’s Kids Of Kurland Kikoi, 2022

Published on
03 January 2023

Kids of Kurland Kikoi: Empowering Young Minds and Communities Through Sustainable Design

The Kids of Kurland Kikoi project is a shining example of how textile design can be used to empower young minds and uplift communities. This innovative initiative, which partners with Crags Primary School in South Africa, provides students with the unique opportunity to learn about traditional textile design techniques and create their own kikoi designs.

Each year, students from Crags Primary School embark on a field trip to the Mungo Mill, where they witness firsthand the sustainable practices employed in the production of kikoi fabric. This immersive experience allows them to gain a deeper appreciation for the environment and the importance of responsible manufacturing.

Following the mill tour, the students participate in a fun and engaging kikoi design workshop. Armed with newfound knowledge and creativity, they unleash their imaginations and develop their own unique kikoi designs. These designs are not merely artistic expressions; they represent the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the young designers.

The culmination of the project is the selection of a winning design. This design is then translated into a beautiful, wearable kikoi, which is proudly produced by Mungo. The proceeds from the sale of the winning kikoi go towards funding an additional teacher at Crags Primary School, directly impacting the lives of the students and their community.

In 2022, the winning design was created by Grace Hendrickse, a talented young student with a bright future ahead of her. Her design, aptly named “Summer Vibes,” captures the essence of joy, hope, and community spirit. It serves as a testament to the power of creativity and the positive impact that young minds can have on the world.

The Kids of Kurland Kikoi project is more than just a textile design workshop; it is a transformative experience that empowers young minds, fosters a sense of community, and promotes sustainable practices. By providing students with a platform to express themselves and contribute to their community, the project lays the foundation for a brighter future for all.

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