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What information do you need to
know before you design?
· What tools and machinery are likely to be
· What workforce ­ who will make the product,
· What textile techniques,
· What are the fabrics and components that
· are likely to be available
· Fair trade principles, existing fair-trade designs
and which ones have sold well in the past.
· Budget, costs, and product price points.
· Research based on theme.…read more

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Why will a design/product
· will appeal to shoppers who buy Fair Trade products
because of the design features
· It will appeal as there are one or more Textile techniques
such as batik, block printing, appliqué, hand stitching etc,
or product will promote the country and its people, will
have a label to state fair-trade product.
· It uses inspired images/colours/shapes used, natural dyes
used, features fabrics and components that are inspired by
· Product is an original, creative design.
· Product has useful size/shape/pockets/handles etc. as
well as decorative features.
· Looks like a craft product made by ................ (local
country) workers.…read more

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A product must meet certain
standards ­ to be fair trade........
· products that promote the country and its people, made
by African workers for example.
· Natural dyes used,
· features fabrics and components that are can be sourced
locally, supports communities in developing country ­
Local workers will get employment, workers will get job
security and fair pay with good working conditions,
workers not exploited, benefits may include family
support, education for workers' children.
· Community support provided to make employment long
term/ product sustainable.
· Environmentally friendly/sustainable materials and
processes may be used, e.g. organic cotton…read more

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How can a design be altered... So
that it costs less
· Style altered/ shape simplified/ size
reduced therefore less materials.
· Fewer decorative techniques/simpler or
quicker techniques, still effective, but will
take less time to make.
· Less expensive/less variety of fabrics and
· Recycling of fabrics and components.…read more

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Computers are used to create print
designs ­ what are the advantages
of this?
· Flexibility of trialling colourways, scale and other
variants on the design idea.
· Speed of creating, can use programmes or
import designs/templates etc to aid designing.
· Quick presentation.
· Can send design electronically to others for
· Modifications quick to make.
· Cheaper because less time required to make
design alterations…read more

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