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Yaccabe launch at Fair Trader

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

L–R: Bob Irwin, Sarah Yaccabe, Magie Relph
L–R: Bob Irwin, Sarah Yaccabe, Magie Relph

Over fifty excited visitors were at Fair Trader on Friday night to witness the unveiling of the fabulous new Yaccabe clothing range. They were celebrating an important milestone in realising the members' vision for their co-operative. When Fair Trader started five years ago, it always had the aim of supporting young local talent as well as offering a way for developing world communities to help themselves through trade rather than aid; the Yaccabe range does both.

The garments are truly exclusive: individually designed and made by Sarah using beautiful hand-dyed or printed fabrics from African family businesses and artisans in Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya and South Africa. This network of suppliers has been built up over 20 years by Meltham based Magie Relph for patchwork and quilting specialists who have long recognised how special they are. They are produced in small batches of under five metres, so every garment is different. Magie, who was at the event displaying a wide range of her fabrics, ensures she only works with producers paying fair wages and using environmentally safe dyes.

Local girl Sarah, who graduated from Leeds University with a BA Hons in Fashion Design, was modelling her clothes along with two other models. To get them in the buying mood, visitors were treated to a selection of delicious canapes along with a glass of Prosecco, all kindly donated by our members, and there was an exotic mix of cocktails on offer, expertly served up by Kevan of New Mill based Fruity Tipples.

The whole evening was recorded for posterity by Jonathan Woodward, a budding young local cinematographer, who is kindly making a little video of the event, including interviews with some of those involved, which will be posted on our website in due course.

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