Fashion Open Studio and the British Council will present a series of studio events and workshops with nine international designers in response to the themes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. Launching at Digital Design Weekend at the V&A, during London Design Festival in September 2021.  

Bora Studio from Nepal is one of the nine participating designers who have been selected to open up their studios virtually to showcase their creative responses to fashion’s environmental impact and the climate talk themes of Adaptation and Resilience and Nature. 

About Bora Studio

Bora Studio is a slow fashion, environmentally responsible clothing brand that uses natural fabrics and dyes. The idea is to make products that have high utility value and produce them with the least environmental cost. To make tote bags, shawls, casual wear, the studio uses cotton canvas, hemp, bamboo fabric, raw silk, Himalayan nettle and eco printing methods. This is to promote Nepali fabrics as well as shifts people’s attention from fast fashion to sustainable and ethical fashion. Preserving the natural resources for the future generation through sustainability is what we are focusing on. We as a sustainable and ethical company are trying to defy the status quo of the most prevalent course fast fashion. We urge our clients to initiate the change along with us and be more conscious and selective when it comes down to the consumption of clothing items. Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three mantras we emphasize the most upon.

The digital event series will take place on 25 September 12 November, forming part of the British Council's The Climate Connection global programme.  The event series will be animated by a physical activation in Glasgow during COP26 (1 -12 November) which will offer the public and COP26 attendees alike an opportunity to interact with the open studio activities in person.

Digital event 

A film documenting the collaboration between the Indigenous Dhimal community-based in Jhapa Morang and Bora Studio. The film will be created over the course of a week with the community. Bora Studio founder Meena will give a live demonstration on eco printing to the community women and along the way learning the traditional methods of dyeing and weaving from the indigenous community which they have been practising through decades. In Kathmandu, Bora Studio will host a small exhibition and screen the film. Meena will give an exhibition tour as a digital event taking the audience through the natural materials used in her work and how they are transformed. 

About Fashion Open Studio 

Fashion Open Studio is Fashion Revolution’s showcasing initiative, launched in 2017. It is an event series that aims to celebrate the people and processes behind fashion. We work with emerging designers, established trailblazers and major players to promote industry transparency and longevity through simple, authentic narratives that resonate with consumers and creatives alike. The programme takes place both digitally and offline in physical events.