Zero the Waste
While there are many dialects spoken in Nigeria, around the 1950s, nine main languages recognized were: Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Edo, Efik, Kanuri, Fulfulde, Izon, and Tiv. At that time, media channels would attempt to translate the daily news into all nine languages, but as times changed, it was reduced to three. Wazobia is made up of three words, which mean "come" in all 3 languages. (Wa) in Yoruba, (Zo) in Hausa, and (Bia) in Igbo. Wazobia is a way to reference all of Nigerian culture languages, clothing, foods, and culture; as one whole.
The Wazobia collection is made from post consumer waste donated by Magpies & Peacocks. The challenge was to re-imagine these upholstery fabrics and create elegant zero waste designs that play with shapes and proportions. Embellishments are used to highlight natural motifs.
Pattern pieces of a zero waste design fit together like a puzzle so that nothing is left to waste. Recently, this way of creating clothing has become popular again due to issues surrounding fast fashion. While technology makes it faster and cheaper to mass produce clothing, this benefit comes at high cost, in the form of destruction/pollution of natural resources, along with hazardous and unethical work environments. The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply.
The Wazobia collection was created as a part of the Magpies & Peacocks initiative to promote sustainability and circular design, helping emerging designers to incorporate social responsibility and ethical business practice into fashion design. Like the artwork behind it, by artist Henry Micheaux, this dress incorporates a mix of materials including marble, crystal, metal, suede cording along with jacquard, brocade, and satin fabric.