In the second of our stallholder profiles the St Kilda Esplanade Market has interviewed Luz Restrepo of SisterWorks. They’re at stall number 92 of the market and you’ll find the team there every Sunday.
Luz, a political refugee from Columbia, founded SisterWorks to assist women just like her. There are women from Tibet, Burundi, Afghanistan, Iraq…all over the world really.
Through SisterWorks the women get practical support to help them be financially independent as the makers and importers of handcrafts. They build on the traditional skills of the women, so they can make and sell handicrafts in Melbourne markets and pop up shops. This also helps women to improve their English and interact with the broader community.
SisterWorks fits into the makers’ market concept behind the St Kilda Esplanade Market perfectly. All products sold by SisterWorks are original concepts and designs which use traditional handcraft skills and techniques: beading, sewing, weaving and knitting.
For their amazing work SisterWorks has just been nominated in a Bank of Melbourne The Local Project initiative and are in with a chance of winning $100,000. Vote for SisterWorks on to the Bank of Melbourne’s facebook page. You’ll find SisterWorks Design Lab under the Community tab.
Good luck to the fabulous SisterWorks crew and as always if there’s anyone in particular you’d like to hear about in our stallholder profiles let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
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