Cathy Braid and Kirsten Ainsworth grew up in NSW, and moved to north-western Pakistan in 2003.
The following year they launched Caravana ‘ sometimes referred to as ‘a label with a conscience’. These luxury garments for the Western market derive their unique handcrafted character from the traditional skills of Pakistani women.
Braid and Ainsworth’s shared vision in establishing the Caravana label was to empower these talented women through employment. From a small start, the two have worked with local organisations to set up a network of ten centres. The local environment provides strong design inspiration and each item carries the personal imprint of both designer and maker.
You can see Caravana works in the new exhibition Smart works: design and the handmade, from 30 March 2007 at the Powerhouse Museum.