Innovative Fashion Education around the world includes in depth programs focusing students on ethical production and sustainable design. In Cambodia, however, Fashion Education itself is a new course of study, allowing ethical and sustainable programs to be part of learning from the start.
As part of our focus on how social and environmental sustainability is integrated into fashion education, SOURCE contributor Julia Wilber sat down with Fellowship 500 Rachel Faller to discuss her role in the emergence of Fashion Education in Cambodia.
In 2008, Rachel founded KeoK’jay, a social enterprise and ethical brand, working with HIV positive women to give them fair opportunities and wages by creating collections out of upcycled and reclaimed jersey from the local markets.
Her passion for teaching design in Cambodia began with her staff at KeoK’jay – through new dying techniques, multilayer screen-printing, and improved construction skills. Now, Rachel also teaches at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Phnom Penh, the location of the first Fashion Design program in Cambodia. Rachel speaks to her experiences with design, fashion, and education in Cambodia.
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