Published on 10/05/19
Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) welcomes fashion brand Gina Barjeel, as its latest accreditation.
Drawing inspiration from different cultures and cities from around the world, the Gina Barjeel brand aims to create masterpieces of handmade clothing that are ethically made and manufactured in Australia.
Ms. Barjeel moved to Australia from Jordan and wanted to help upskill refugees for paid work.
With her passion for dressmaking, Ms. Barjeel organised to teach classes through Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS) on pattern making, sketching, fabrication and sewing.
IMS supports the culturally and linguistically diverse population in the Illawarra, providing assistance to migrants, humanitarian entrants and refugees.
“The ladies gave me so much strength after I saw them the first time and I told them what I’d be doing,” she said.
By establishing her label in Wollongong, she hopes in the future to employ some of the women she has helped to teach. “All the designs are modern designs, as well as a bit of Aussie and a touch of their [refugees’] traditions, with embroideries from Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq and Syria,” Ms Barjeel said.
Gina was the recent winner of the Multicultural Business Connect Award 2019. Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised New South Wales Government program that provides trusted advice to help start or grow small businesses.