Sew & Sew
A PROUD PARTNER
Sew & Sew provides Indigenous educators with quality sewing supplies, including safe sewing machines for children, so they can teach the craft through traditional projects in the school setting.
Your purchase of child-friendly sewing machines on our Store enables us to equip classrooms, while donations to the Art for Aid Project further enable us to send the necessary supplies and accessories.
In 2020-21, our goal to raise support for 30 children’s sewing machines, destined for Natuashish and Nain in Labrador, was far surpassed! Janome Canada became an official partner of Sew & Sew in December 2020, contributing 30 high-quality, child-friendly machines, in addition to the machines already purchased by our donors . We are now able to establish the Sew & Sew program in two additional communities!
We are so proud to introduce Ruth Dukas as official ambassador of Sew & Sew!
Ruth is a retired, award-winning Canadian fashion designer who in the 1960s was celebrated across North America for her evening wear designs with their luxurious beading and embroidery. She employed Indigenous women for some of the bead work and recalls how Indian Affairs at the time made the process extremely difficult; buried in red tape and endless paperwork, she was forced to abandon her employment strategy, but always hoped that someday she would be able to continue supporting Indigenous women and communities.
In 2017, Ruth joined I Love First People as a chapter leader for Kingston. Each year since, she mobilizes her network in support of our projects. What’s even more amazing is that Ruth has reignited her passion for knitting through ILFP, as each year she knits dozens of hats and scarfs for children in remote communities – the kids who receive her creations love them, and are always so happy to hear the story of the wonderful woman who made them! (Ruth was also a knitwear designer, working alongside other greats like Alfred Sung).
Today, at a youthful 92, Ruth is asking all Canadians, especially all businesses and groups involved in textile arts, to join her in helping young students to learn sewing through traditional projects.
Together, we can help elevate a new generation of Indigenous creators and designers who are all very eager to get started…