Nikkie Wester is a Dutch concept designer with a great passion for textiles. She is committed to keeping craftsmanship alive and set it as her goal to design our future heritage together. “Textiles are pure cultural heritage. From the moment we are born to the moment we die, we are surrounded by textiles. Throughout our lives, textiles express our personality, culture, feelings and opinions. A fact that is shared all over the world."
In 2015, Nikkie Wester was asked to participate in a new design project on São Tomé, as part of the redesign the CACAU cultural centre on the island, contributing to the sustainable socio-economic infrastructure there. Under her guidance, 25 local women and men were trained for 4 weeks to weave and dye banana fibre. Together they are realising a curtain of 90 meters long destined for the interior of the cultural centre CACAU.
After completion, they can use their newly learned skills for their own economic activities and other projects, which is currently set up together with Atelier M, an initiative by local artist Kwamé Sousa.