Ongola FabLab, Yaounde - Cameroon
How to energise local craftsmanship and make it relevant to today? Two young people accepted the challenge by teaming up with a cabinetmaker and using FabLab technologies. Aged 19 and 24, and inspired by traditional models, they designed new slippers combining wood and local fabrics, and classical and abstract motifs. A digital milling machine, cutter and sewing machine accelerated the hitherto manual process of making these garments, which are beautiful but also good for the back and posture. In the pipeline: the start-up and website to promote the products and expand their range.
The project in photos
Vote for the third Solidarity FabLab challenge!
Since 2015, we have offered free training in our Solidarity FabLabs to young people leading difficult lives. In the FabLabs they learn digital manufacturing, teamwork and perhaps a future trade. Our international challenge is aimed at them. It allows them to use our FabLabs to develop a project from A to Z and show everything they are capable of doing today. This year, it is all about using digital technology to devise and produce creations for the worlds of fashion, design and the arts.