Vogue Magazine presents Juárez nonprofit, Ni En More fashions
A JuÃ¡rez nonprofit group focused on empowering women is featured in Vogue Magazine online.
The magazine article highlights the unique, hand-dyed dresses made by women, which are part of Ni En More. Over the past four years, Ni En More has used donations and grants to establish two sewing studios that provide a safe environment for women in difficult economic situations to acquire skills and be self-reliant.
âOur goal is not to design clothes. Our interest is to create a space where women can support each other and be supported economically. And we found that as they learned to use the sewing machines, they would naturally open up and talk about their lives. “said Janette Terrazas, artist and co-founder of Ni En More with human rights activist VerÃ³nica Corchado and artist Lise Bjorne Linnert.
Terrazas said Ni En More’s goal is to create a business model that can be emulated in different communities. Currently, the organization has two spaces, one in the central part of JuÃ¡rez and the other centered on the Raramuri indigenous community.
She said it can take around 60 hours to make a dress, from creating the pattern and cutting it to sewing the dress and then dyeing it with botanical dyes. The clothes are made of cotton and silk.
âIt’s about slow mode and taking the time to prep the dyes and let the item sit in the dyes,â Terrazas said. Slow fashion is an approach that takes into account the processes and resources to make clothes with a focus on sustainability.
âThe sewing project gives them autonomy as we will discuss the goals of how many items we need and then they will decide their hours and when they can work,â Terrazas said.
Many women are single mothers, between the ages of 20 and 60, who need to be able to take the time to care for their children or who have been victims of domestic violence.
El Paso native Manny Soto, who has previously featured in Vogue, pitched the idea and took photos of fashionable models by hand in El Paso and with the Franklin Mountains in the background.
Soto said he enjoys presenting artists from El Paso when he can through his photographs.
âEl Paso is very talented and I love trying to showcase my city and working with the local people. And with what’s going on in the world and the current political climate, it’s imperative to show diversity,â did he declare.
Terrazas said the coronavirus pandemic had impacted sales of their clothing as some of the stores, such as in Mexico City and New York City, that sold the items had to close during the pandemic.
Women have also started making face masks as part of their inventory. They currently have a Gofundme.com account to help support their sewing efforts.
âThe Vogue article has resulted in sales of around 20 to 25 articles,â she said. Items can be purchased online. Dresses are $ 300, T-shirts $ 80, and face masks $ 55 for a set of five.
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MarÃa CortÃ©s GonzÃ¡lez can be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.