Female prisoners in Cusco in Peru are being employed by a Danish fashion label, Carcel, to make knitted garments.
Carcel was launched in Copenhagan with the aim of breaking the spiral of poverty by paying female prisoners a living wage. A Kickstarter campaign raised US$50,000 to finance new knitting machines in a women’s prison in Cusco where Carcel’s debut collection is being produced.
The main cause of female incarceration is poverty. It is predominantly young, poor, single mothers with a low level of education and income. Being behind bars for years without an opportunity to earn an income makes it harder. We give women in prison new skills and good wages so they can support themselves, send their children to school, save up for a crimefree beginning and ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.
Our designs take their starting point in the Scandinavian design tradition where attention to detail and silhouette meets the most luxurious materials in the world. It is a mix of Scandinavian subtlety and the bold colours of Peru. Each item is handmade in 100% natural materials.
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