Lake to lake: Como for Africa

Lake to Lake Como for Africa” aims to support and facilitate a sustainable development in African countries. Como and its partners will supply resources and adequate means for education classes in the textile sector, finalized to training new professional workers in traditional and local textile craft. From Lake Como (Italy) to Lake Victoria (Uganda), a collaboration between the Como Association for International Cooperation, the “Amici di Massimo” Association, and the St. Clelia’s School in Kitanga (Uganda) will make available textile machinery to a newly established tailoring school in Kitanga. The school has already introduced 30 boys and girls to the textile industry. The traditional manufacturing of fabrics will be expanded using ink-jet printing machines, provided by the project partners. Part of the fabric will be purchased by Converters in the Como’s silk district, guaranteeing the economic viability of the new productive activities with acceptable work conditions, fostering entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation (SDGs 1, 2, 4, 5, 16 and 17).

Trame Creative

“Trame Creative” is a documentary which narrates how sharing resources can create “Creative Cross Pollination” events and new experiences for creative people (Declaration of San Cristobal). Results of a first “Creative Cross Pollination” will be presented during the UCC XIII in Fabriano, where garments designed by San Cristobal de Las Casas artisans using silk from Como, and Como’s garments using traditional Maya drawings will be presented. The documentary follows a video-interview format with people, stories and traditions narrated to promote inclusiveness, overcoming gender, ethnicity and racial diversities. (SDGs 5, 11, 16 and 17).


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E.T.I.C. be Etic, be transparent

E.T.I.C. be etic, be transparent” targets the creation of a voluntary based European certification, that guarantees consumers the maximum transparency in reference to work locations, where each main phase of the supply chain for each garment was performed. Businesses as well as trade associations, laboratories, research hubs from Como (Italy), Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain are collaborating in the project. Companies and industry associations, laboratories and research centres participate. The main beneficiaries are the consumers, who will be able to trace the product and will know where spinning, weaving, finishing and tailoring have been executed on the purchased garment. The expected results are: the creation of integrated production chains, the correct promotion of artisanal creativity, transparency of information to protect human and worker rights, the high quality control and consumer protection (SDGs 1, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 17).