Most of our participants come to KEP with absolutely no sewing or textile skills, just a desire to learn and grow. We start at the very beginning with basic hand sewing techniques, fibre and fabric classifications, and textile applications. Students then learn how to work with sewing machines, learning the different types, functionalities, and troubleshooting strategies.
Participants study clothing construction techniques and build workmanship, learning how to use and make patterns, cut fabric, and construct garments. Finally, students learn quality assurance techniques such as measurement charts, seam quality checks and how to administer quality checklists.
To complement their technical training, students also learn important theoretical aspects about textiles and the industry.
Students first learn about all different types of fabric, fibres, treatments, and the Textile Supply Chain.
Aligning with the KEP’s ethical and environmental approach, students learn about sustainability and circularity in fashion, looking at clothing’s i̇mpact on people and the environment, and what we do at KEP to address these issues.
Work Practice and Final Project
All of this knowledge is then put into practice in a 2 month apprenticeship/practicum. A production line is set up in the KEP House allowing women to experience the real textile production process. This time to practice ensures a smooth transition into employment.
To finish it all off, women submit a final project where they construct an entire outfit with a top and bottom, using all that they have learned in the course. Each stage, from design to planning to construction, is followed and evaluated by the instructor. And finally, a fashion show highlights all the amazing work of our students.
Through the work
At the end of the program, students seeking jobs are directed towards the KEP Social Enterprise or outside companies that share similar social and ecological visions.
If a student has not developed enough skills, she may participate in the program again.