TAILORS AND WEARERS – PLATFORM FOR AFRO-SURINAMESE FASHION AND HERITAGE
TAILORS AND WEARERS
Tailors & Wearers is committed to education, participation and the presentation of Afro-Surinamese costumes and fashion. As a platform they contribute to the preservation, the development and the accessibility of the knowledge and skills that are part of this Afro-Surinamese heritage. The historic context of the origins of this costume and the meaning is takes from its turbulent history are central themes. Through research, activities and educational products, Tailors & Wearers brings people together. They published the book Goma Weri and organised an exhibition about the angisa (a starched and woven headscarf). As such, the Masters Angisa, in collaboration with a group of kotomisi from Rotterdam, share their knowledge with new generations.
Tailors and Wearers brings the value of Afro-Surinamese fashion to life, for and by different generations. The various manifestations – from collection pieces and (fashion) events to education, research and publications – make this platform part of a current and necessary development. Tailors and Wearers thus initiates a relevant change of course in the Dutch fashion discipline. A successful example of thinking in terms of communities and making dialogue visible. A continuously abrasive debate that is conducted in a very open, accessible and fresh way. With modern interpretations by young designers like Denzel Veerkamp, Tailors and Wearers powerfully showcases this heritage.