In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we began making masks for our communities in southern Africa and in the American South. Our Basotho made masks are 100% cotton, whereas our New Orleans made masks are lined with polypropylene, a material offering the wearer a Bacterial Filtration Efficacy of over 95%.
In 2015 a Peace Corps Volunteer and his host family began sewing bow ties deep in the Drakensberg mountains of Lesotho. The goal was to create economic opportunity for a remote chain of villages. We use Shoeshoe, a textile with 180 years of history in the Mountain Kingdom. We use this material, and an anti-factory model of production, to bring unique creations to New Orleans.