We are excited to announce the next designer that will be apart of our Eco-Fashion Disaster Fashion Show, Edith Muyinda who is apart of Byasima Couture!
Byasima Couture collection comprises of custom-made attire to fit. They specialize in special occasion attire which include wedding dresses, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and many more. For Byasima, fashion and design has always been her passion. Her purpose is to become a designer of beautiful gowns. In 2013, Byasima began on a journey to create many collections for special occasions.
We got a chance to do a quick interview with Edith Muyinda to learn more about her topic, the ‘new luxuries with non synthetic clothes,’ and to learn more about her design process.
Q: Why did you pick the topic that you picked?
A: I chose “new luxuries and non-synthetic clothes” as my topic because I am interested in promoting sustainable environment friendly products. I chose to use the barkcloth because it is a natural fabric, a non synthetic material that does not need chemicals to be processed. It’s an eco-friendly, self sustaining product that is self rejuvenating. The barkcloth is a deep, rich earth tone material with a quiet elegance that gives comfort and makes one reflect on preserving our environment.
In Uganda, the bark cloth has been used for Centuries. Currently, you will find the barkcloth used for special occasions such as the coronations for the Buganda Kingdom royal family, cultural gatherings, funerals, and as a canvas for artwork.
Q: Can you give us a little sneak peak into your design process for your eco-disaster selection?
A: I am inspired by working with a natural eco-friendly fabric. The fabric (barkcloth) is harvested from the inner bark of the Mutuba tree. I am inspired by the fact that the bark renewal process is a natural evolution. My creation is inspired by the intricate workmanship of the skilled craftsmen who, using wooden mallets of different sizes, painstakingly put together the harvested bark of the Mutuba tree to create the delicate texture that can be many meters in length and width.
Using the bark cloth, I have designed a dress that embodies a balance of the eco-system. The soft, rich earth tone fabric has been elegantly enhanced with all natural and eco-friendly items such as seeds, shells, wooden buttons, jute and sisal.
Q: Where can we find/purchase your designs?
A: My designs can be purchased at Byasima Couture, for inquiries please contact the designer on the website: www.bysimacouture.com
You can learn more about Byasima Couture at www. bysimacouture.com