Niminimi Scarves Partners with Friends of UNICEF to Raise Awareness and Funds for UNICEF Canada
Niminimi Scarves has collaborated with South African artist Katherine Ambrose to design a scarf, the proceeds from the sale of which will be donated to UNICEF. Ambrose is known for her depictions of rural and township life in Africa. The 36”x36” hand-rolled silk scarf and matching 13”x13” pocket square, which depict Black children in a rural setting, are aptly named for the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” When choosing a design for the scarves, owner Nimi Nanji-Simard specifically wanted something with Black children in it. She explains, “I came from Africa as a political refugee, and unless people open their hearts and their doors, I don’t think society can progress.”
For every online purchase, $100 from each full-sized scarf and $30 from each pocket square will be donated to Friends of UNICEF. Monies raised will support the fundraising efforts of the 2017 UNICEF Gala in Montreal, celebrating UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary.
UNICEF is a global non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that children gain access to basic human rights such as safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.
Nimi Nanji-Simard launched Niminimi Scarves in 2014. Her debut collection consists of original designs inspired by her past life in Africa and her current life in Montréal. Her scarves have been worn by famous personalities such as Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, French politician Christine Lagarde, and fashion journalist Lisa Tant.
– RENEE HENRY