D*Hub – Caravana

The identifying hallmark of Caravana, sometimes referred to as ‘a label with a conscience’, is that their luxury garments for the Western market are reliant for their unique handcrafted character on the traditional skills of Pakistani women artisans. Braid and Ainsworth’s shared vision in establishing their label was to empower these talented women through employment and so create greater social equity for them. Recognising that this could not be done from a distance, they ‘… saved up some money and got on a plane’ to north-western Pakistan in 2003 and took up residence in remote Chitral valley.Skirt and jacket from Spring/Summer 06/07 Carnivale Collection, Caravana (Cathy Braid and Kirsten Ainsworth) NSW; made in Pakistan. Photo: Alex Zotos.


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