When Carrie Parry flew home from Amsterdam International Fashion Week, the Brooklyn designer didn’t return empty-handed. Winner of The Green Fashion Competition’s Category 2 award, Parry received €15,000, along with access to a network of fashion insiders who will provide her with ongoing mentorship, advice, and inspiration. Ecouterre sat down with Parry to talk about her win, meeting Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, and the direction she expects to go from here.
Tell us about the materials you used.
The woven wool in the collection supports the Panchachuli Women Weavers, facilitating economic and social independence for women in the Indian Himalayas. Over 800 women from a total of 32 villages in the region are involved in the processing of high-grade raw materials which are then processed, dyed with AZO-free dyes, spun, woven, and finished entirely by hand.
The cooperative has played a key role in changing the socioeconomic dynamics of the local community.
The women are shareholders in the company and receive regular wages, and the cooperative has played a key role in changing the socioeconomic dynamics of the local community, providing livelihoods and empowerment using the traditional arts of weaving and knitting. I have been working with the Panchachuli Women Weavers since my first season and its really such an honor to be working with such talented women. The fabric is so soft and of such great quality!
Our silk supports the artisan weavers of eastern India, bringing patronage to the communities of weavers and silkworm farmers and helping the artisans, their families, and their trade to thrive. Our prints are silk-screened and block-printed by artisans in India.
The lining is Bemberg cupro, a pure cellulosic fiber reborn from the linter of the cotton plant and is fully biodegradable and a natural renewable resource. It is fiber-to-finish from Japan and is dyed with AZO-free dyes. I source it locally from the NYC garment district.