Studio One Eighty Nine is a fashion lifestyle brand and social enterprise that Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah co-founded. Indeed, the brand produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. The brand currently operates a store in Accra, an e-commerce site, a manufacturing facility in Accra, It also supports various community-led projects in Africa and the United States of America. Furthermore, they work with artisanal communities that specialize in various traditional craftsmanship techniques including natural plant-based dye indigo, hand-batik, kente weaving and others. Additionally, the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability recently recognized and awarded the brand for making garments mindful of the many environmental issues.
Studio One Eighty Nine is well-known for supporting local artisans in their garment-making processes. An artisan is a skilled worker who makes functional or decorative items. People also use the word artisanal to describe handmade products . Studio One Eighty Nine, with the help of its local artisans, is not just creating garments, but pieces of art. As such, below, we have highlighted the craftsmanship that Studio One Eighty Nine uses to make garments.
The art of Gold Smithing
Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with metalworking artisans in Accra, Ghana, who specialize in working with gold, brass and other precious metals. These goldsmiths are skilled in making jewelry through filing, soldering, sawing, forging, casting and polishing metal. Indeed, these are skills that have been passed down through generations of training and apprenticeships. Additionally, each piece of jewelry is hand-made and hand-engraved. Specifically, it takes 2-3 artisans and approximately 2 weeks to hand-make and hand-engraved Studio One Eighty Nine S189 metal jewelry.
The art of Hand-batiking
Furthermore, Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with artisans in the Cape Coast area of Ghana to preserve the ancient art form of Batik. The first wash, soak and beat the clothes using a large mallet. Afterward, they draw patterns and carve them into wood or sponge. Moreover, they dip the stamps into hot wax as it functions as dye-resistant. The artisan then mixes dye to achieve the desired hue and dips the cloth. After the cloth is dry, they remove the wax, leaving behind a work of art. Indeed, no two pieces of textile are ever the same. Particularly, it takes 1-2 days to hand-batik fabric for an item such as a dress or a pair of pants. They employ 2-3 artisans depending on the volume of production.
Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with tailors who spend hours creating designs that make you stand out from the rest.
Additionally, Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with communities in Mali to create Indigo textiles. Indeed, indigo dye is a natural dye that people extract from plants with a distinctive blue color. Indigo was the foundation of centuries-old textile traditions throughout West Africa. Furthermore, their artisans dye fabric into different print patterns using this technique, Afterwards, they transport the fabric to Ghana. Specifically, it takes 2-3 artisans and approximately 3 weeks for us to produce indigo.
Studio One Eighty Nine collaborates with artisans in Kumasi, Ghana, to weave the kente fabric for use in the making of their garments.
Materials Used by Studio 189
Moreover, Studio One Eighty Nine uses sustainable natural fibers such as organic cotton from Burkina Faso, dried grass from Ghana and silk from Italy and the USA. Studio One Eighty Nine also uses recycled fabrics such as recycled cotton and glass, and new tech fabrics such as pineapple pinatex leather made of pineapple fibers.
Studio 189’s Fall Winter 2021 Collection
Indeed, Studio One Eighty Nine Fall Winter 2021 collection film is all about celebrating the company’s employees and making them feel seen. Shot in the studio in Ghana, the collection is shown in process and then presented to a front row of employees. Below are some of the images of the Studio One Eighty Nine fall winter 2021 collection.