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Please help us make our first contemporary fashion line with Mapuche weavers in Southern Chile!
Please help us make our first contemporary fashion line with Mapuche weavers in Southern Chile!
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WHAT IS VOZ?

VOZ, “voice” in Spanish, is a project that uses design innovation to aid indigenous artisans out of poverty by connecting them to the fashion industry. Starting in Southern Chile with a community of Mapuche weavers, urban fashion designers and master weavers will collaborate to produce modern, sustainable fashion accessories that both represent their ethnic culture and appeal to the mainstream boutique market. Voz empowers artisans professionally, financially and creatively.

INSPIRATION:

VOZ is a project born out of the desire to use design to empower indigenous, rural poor artisans, and promote hand-made, meaningful craftwork in an era of mass-production. It is also a project dedicated to rethinking and expanding the current niche around ethnic fair trade fashion.  We are committed to pairing cutting-edge design innovation principles with ethical production, ecologically-pristine practices, an design workshops that incorporate artisans’ ideas into final products.

COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS:

VOZ’ design philosophy and production is based on meaningful cultural collaboration.  We achieve this through design workshops where artisans and urban fashion designers work together to generate prototypes that honor indigenous styles and techniques, but appeal to the modern women and mainstream boutique market in quality and design.

PROTECT THE PLANET:

VOZ commits to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. Every part of the weaving process, from the natural wool to the local plant dyes, comes from replenishable resources.  We apply these high standards to all of the materials we use, selecting those with minimal impact.

KICKSTARTING:

VOZ needs your help getting started!  While we secure funding for the year, we are asking for our community’s support for the most pressing needs crafting our first line.  We have already completed two years of market research, and we’ve tested our prototypes at trade shows 2010 in Chicago, LA, and San Francisco. Our designs have been met with great enthusiasm at every turn.  Your investment now can help make our dream a reality. Specifically, your support will help with minimal travel expenses (bus fares for weavers and the VOZ team to visits to local manufacturers to insure our materials are ethically produced). However, most of the money from this campaign will go directly into materials: natural wool, berry and plant dyes, paying weavers and seamstresses fair trade wages for their help in creating our first line. Should we succeed, we dream of dedicating the next decade to its growth both in Chile and in other indigenous communities around the world.

VOZ, THE BIG PICTURE 

After our first line, VOZ will create a sustainable model for the impoverished women we aim to serve, providing stable, living wages for our artisans season after season. By helping indigenous women connect their incredible craft to a wider audience through modern design and access to international markets, we aspire to create an enduring poverty relief engine where few jobs exist, celebrate and educate the international community about indigenous culture, and pioneer new levels of elegance in ethical, ecologically pristine design.  

LEARN MORE:

INSPIRED?  WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

  1)  Give!  We appreciative of whatever you can give, really, truly. 

  2)  Email your support! Forward this link to your friends, with a note that you care about the project and ask them to join you in your support. 

  3)   Facebook your support.  “Join me in empowering ethical fashion with VOZ through kickstarter:  kck.st/gGXFhP Thank you!  Speak Change, Wear Beauty.” 

  4)  Tweet your support.  “Join me in empowering ethical fashion with @madebyvoz through kickstarter:  kck.st/gGXFhP Thank you!  Speak Change, Wear Beauty. #madebyvoz” 

  5)  Stay in touch. Sign up for email updates, fan us on facebook, follow us on twitter.

We really can’t thank you enough for helping make this dream a reality.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

¡Muchas Gracias! 

 Team VOZ

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    A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    A one-of-a kind felted necklace made from hand-spun and artisanal plant-dyed yarn, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    A beautiful hand-made scarf from our production partner the Chol-Chol Foundation, A CD of traditional Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    Handcrafted ceramic pipe used for generations in Mapuche ceremonies, made with natural materials in Araucanía in the ancient tradition. Also, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    VOZ original cowl design with buttons made with soft natural wool and dyed with plants, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    Handmade pure silver Mapuche earrings in the traditional ethnic style. Handmade locally by jewelry artisans in Araucanía, with indigenous symbolism in the patterns. Also, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    VOZ small custom bag made from handmade textile and natural processes, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    VOZ purse made from handmade textile and natural processes, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    Custom designed and made VOZ clothing with Mapuche symbols, VOZ original cowl design with buttons made with soft natural wool and dyed with plants, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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    Two pieces of custom-made VOZ fashions with Mapuche symbols, VOZ original cowl design with buttons made with soft natural wool and dyed with plants, A CD of beautiful Mapuche folk music from Chile and Argentina, Postcard thank you letter featuring antique Mapuche photography, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch party in Los Angeles

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