Shwe is about fashion, women’s empowerment and giving a voice to generations and cultures that are no longer heard. Stylist and entrepreneur Julia Buttery decided to use her experience to create a different kind of fashion, involving women refugees in Durban and elderly ladies from a local home for the elderly. Julia provides materials, training and educational support, so that the women eventually can open their own businesses.
With the help of these women, Julia and her collaborators developed a collection with local fabrics called Shwe – The Wearable Library. The objective is to expand and help more and more women support themselves and be heard.