Subsequently, because of Covid-19, Vlisco&co published an open call to West and Central African young talent to submit portfolios for what would be the first online Pan-African Print Futures edition.
By December 2020, 12 participants were selected to join the workshop and they all received a designer wearable tool-kit, created to provide the top materials for the best textile print designers. The participant countries were Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo and Vlisco&co organized individually equipped working stations in their home cities for all of the participants. In this way the students were able to work remotely but together without having to leave their own cities.
During the three months of print workshop the 12 participants worked on 12 print collections and finally in April 2021, Vlisco&co will organise an online exhibition to showcase the results.
Together with an African international jury of fashion designers, Vlisco&co will judge the results and give to three winners prizes of a MacBook pro and a Wacom drawing tablet.
And the next step? In 2021 and 2022 Vlisco&co will collaborate with the jury members and the Print Futures participants to print their collections on different fabric qualities in Abidjan. Together, they will launch what will be the first print and clothing collection designed in Africa by these talented students and designers. Where will it be available…..? Hopefully in a new pop-up store in Abidjan and maybe worldwide on-line.