All mimycri designs are produced in collaboration with the organization ANKAA Project in Athens. By working together we can create more jobs for people affected by forced migration, better link them to training opportunities, and reduce our environmental footprint.
Take a look behind the scenes to see how we turn discarded material into beautiful, high quality designs.
Unlike the conventional linear fashion system, mimycri is all about circularity and about giving a second life to discarded material. We source rubber boats, banners, tents, tarps and other textiles from different sources. They usually arrive on big palettes at our workshop in Athens where we produce in collaboration with the organization ANKAA Project.
Since we work with materials that have already been used, we never know the exact condition the material is in until it arrives at our workshop. It usually has holes and is covered in sand, soil or oil. We start by rinsing and soaking it in water to give it a first cleanse. After we leave it to dry in the sun and then go back to clean the material a second time by scrubbing every piece by hand. Handling the heavy materials is a labor and time intensive process.
We try to clean the material as well as possible but some parts simply cannot be reused. Thus, after the cleaning process, we take a look at each piece and cut off any holes or stains that could not be cleaned. Afterwards, we sort all material by color, thickness, and size to determine which designs they can be used for.