Epson Australia has announced a new partnership with First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), a non-profit Indigenous Corporation that promotes the growth of the Indigenous fashion sector.
The partnership will focus on promoting cultural and economic sustainability, providing new skills and knowledge to help First Nations designers tell their stories through the art of fashion using Epson digital printing technologies.
FNFD’s vision is to partner with organizations that can support First Nations designers, businesses, and communities in the fashion industry, enabling them to grow and develop their skills and businesses to become commercially self-sufficient.
Epson’s products, services, and technologies in digital print and projection will enable First Nations designers to convert their designs into commercially sellable items, including printing canvases, fabrics for fashion garments, and printing on hard surfaces such as mugs and keyrings.
Through directly supporting initiatives such as the THE ICONIC x FNFD Incubator Program, the partnership will add value by providing access to the world’s most advanced textile printing technologies, as well as share new skills and knowledge to help First Nations designers understand how they can digitally translate their designs into high-quality fashion.
The Incubator Program aims to help designers grow their businesses and develop their skills with feedback from the Indigenous creative community.
Epson’s commitment to sustainability is central to its partnership with FNFD.
The company is committed to playing its part in helping the world achieve a more sustainable future by using its efficient, compact, and precision technologies to connect people and help industry reduce its impact on the environment.
Epson is working with the textile industry to help it shift production from analogue to digital using its unique inkjet technology, which will make it possible to bring textile production back onshore to Australia and New Zealand, reduce excess stock and disposal losses, and significantly reduce chemicals and water used in analogue production processes.
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