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The goal of the project has been to leverage textile skills for the Danish fashion- and textiles sector that got lost in the outsourcing wave of the 1990’s, and at the same time provide pathways for job creation for our new citizens through clarification of competencies, network creation, mentorships, and collaboration with local municipalities.
This way FENUUN is an example of the way you can combine research- and development work on Sustainability and Social Inclusion.
FENUUN is part of the research project THREAD funded by the Innovation Fund (2017-19) that is hosted by Centre for Textiles Research at Copenhagen University, and has Design School Kolding as one of its main partners. The project investigates how to establish themed models for integration through textile skills, and focuses mainly on the often overlooked competencies of women immigrants in Denmark.
FENUUN is Arabic for “professional handcrafts” and the name of a volunteer workshop format that I started at Designschool Kolding in May 2017. It has worked as a platform for immigrant women in Kolding who wish to work with fashion and textiles design, and the products in the photos is the result of co-creation processes that allow the women to showcase their own handcraft skills and cultural heritage.