Our friends at Design21 are hosting a great new competition and we want our BurdaStyle members to get involved! The contest offers two categories in which to submit: textile design and product design. The winning entries will be produced and sold by Grameen Felissimo, benefitting the local markets and communities of Bangladesh through employment and economic independence.
This challenge focuses on the importance of social and cause-driven business. “Grameen Felissimo” was launched in February 2011 in conjunction with the Yunus Centre, led by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus. The joint social business aims to contribute to the future generations of the sovereign state of Bangladesh by providing employment to the underprivileged while enhancing the unique artistic culture of the area.
Looking to put the power of design into action, Design21 challenges entrants to create textiles and products that can be seen as a symbol of Hope. Built around the Grameen check, a fabric usually made in the poorest regions of Bangladesh, Grameen Felissimo wants to commemorate the founding of it’s philanthropic project by having contestants design either a new check patterned textile or a product using check patterned fabric. Grameen Felissimo’s idea is to regenerate excitement about artistic production in Bangladesh and help communities expand the market outside of their own village and country.
Winners will each receive US $3,000 and have their winning designs produced and sold by Grameen Felissimo. The deadline for entering is April 21st, for more information including, submission guidelines and judging criteria, head over to Design21!