Who the ^^! is the FFI?

November 21, 2017 - 2 minutes read

Photo by Gabriel Gurrola on Unsplash

The Fashion Freedom Initiative (FFI) is a not-for-profit organization and is a member of the Commons Conservancy. This new organization exists to fund the development of open source tools so that designers and makers like you can create ethical and profitable high quality garments and is dedicated to reducing waste and improving labor conditions in the fashion industry. We address these challenges in a practical way by producing the (software) tools of change.

The FFI develops open source tools to create a production workflow that results in 60% less chemical toxins and landfill waste. These new production methods utilize local garment districts and small textile mills. While reducing waste we also reduce reliance on unfair and unsafe labor practices.

We are currently developing an interconnected suite of tools for profitable small-batch production of quality garments called Seamly. This suite includes software tools for pattern making, knitting, embroidery, wearable circuits, 3D printing, and hardware tools for knitting yarn and cutting fabric. These tools, like Seamly2D, Seamly3D, SeamlyCloud and SeamlyMe, will work together, use a common vocabulary and a common education site.

To achieve above mentioned goals, and to spread the use of these new tools, we will present this in meetings and conventions to bring together this community of fashion design institutions, forward thinking corporations, maker labs, designers, textile and notions producers, wearable tech manufacturers, software and hardware developers, and fashion consumers.

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