Kylie Kwong has launched her first ever signature range of tableware, created in conjunction with Oxfam Australia and produced by one of Oxfam\’s fair trade producer partners in Vietnam.
Kylie drew upon her own graphics background to come up with the striking “Lotus” range, which comprises soup and rice bowls with matching plates, a soup spoon, a teapot and teacup and a coffee cup. The ceramic exterior of the range is charcoal-coloured and features a hand-painted pink lotus flower design, while the inner surface of the range is a deep jade green.
“I wanted to create a design that was not only aesthetically pleasing but which also had great depth and a wonderful story to it,” Ms Kwong said.
“As part of my inspiration I looked towards the symbol of the lotus flower. To me the lotus is such a deep and meaningful symbol, which represents femininity, spirituality, and the importance of nature and the environment.”
Oxfam Australia\’s Director of Trading Nadine Silverberg, who initiated the Lotus project, said Ms Kwong\’s involvement would make a huge difference to the producers Oxfam works with in Vietnam and more broadly.
“Not only will the artisans crafting Kylie\’s first-ever product range receive fair wages and working conditions, proceeds from the sale of these products will support Oxfam\’s work with communities in developing countries,” Ms Silverberg said.
“Kylie\’s support is also playing an important role in raising the profile of fair trade in Australia more generally, which is likely to increase demand for fair trade products and, in turn, further benefit the fair trade groups Oxfam works with worldwide.”
The range is hand-crafted and hand-painted in Vietnam by Oxfam\’s fair trade producer partner Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts. Mai, founded in 1990 to support Vietnamese street children, now employs the mothers and older sisters of these children and most of its employees are women. Workers receive decent wages and training in areas such as quality control, marketing and export procedures.
The Lotus range will be available from Oxfam\’s retail shops and www.oxfamshop.org.au from October 1st.
Photography by Anna Zhu
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