February 9, 2013

Designers weave partnerships across continents

A partnership between Kingston University and a craft centre in Zimbabwe has proved so successful that a group of women from a remote farming community are about to exhibit their work at one of the world's largest design shows.

The head of Kingston's Design School, Simon Maidment, has been sharing his expertise with the Lupane Women's Centre, whose hand-woven baskets provide a much needed source of income for many families. Based in rural Matabeleland, two hours' drive from Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, the centre gives women an opportunity to earn money at times of the year when they cannot farm, enabling them to send their children to school or simply put food on their tables.