Vanessa Arbuthnott is perhaps best known for her enchanting fabric designs, which have been inspired by her love of the countryside and her life in rural Gloucestershire. She has always insisted on using organic and ethically-sourced fabrics for her collections, reflecting her concern for the environment and her strong sense of social responsibility, which she has now taken a step further by launching a Not-For-Profit World Shop via her website www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk/shop
The first products to be sold via the World Shop are now available online. The Xavier Project duvet sets have been hand made in Nairobi, Kenya by refugees from Eastern Congo. Available in single size with a matching housewife pillowcase, the limited edition duvets are hand made in 100% cotton and use top quality dyes. The wax resist process, dyeing and tailoring is meticulously overseen by the Project’s operations manager, Anna, herself a Congolese refugee.
Designed by Vanessa, the bedlinen comes in either teal blue or cerise pink and is decorated with batik spots – that vary charmingly due to the hand made nature of the product – with a plain, self-coloured reverse. Fully machine washable, with a hidden button fastening on the duvet, the sets are an ideal choice for children, teenagers or a guest bedroom.
Vanessa funds this micro finance project and works with the team in Nairobi designing product to sell in the UK: “The Xavier Project exists to provide opportunities in Kenya and Uganda for urban refugees, who have elected to circumvent sprawling refugee camps and try their luck in cities. The vision is that through a holistic approach to development such urban refugees, who would otherwise be without the means to live fulfilled and dignified lives, will be able to regain control of their own lives, achieve a degree of economic independence and make a positive change, whether to their new communities or to their country of origin. The outcome of my initial collaboration with the Xavier Project is a duvet set of which I am extremely proud, and which I am delighted to sell via my World Shop.”
For more information on the Xavier Project visit www.xavierproject.co.uk