.about the MEDC
The Modern Ethnic Design Centre (MEDC) is a Training Center for local Cambodian Fashion Designers and has officially been launched in February 2017.
The MEDC is a project by Bazaar Berlin, a well-known trade fair, exhibiting ethnic products from all around the world. Together with the Fashion Design Institut from Germany and Raffles International College in Cambodia, we have set up the MEDC in Phnom Penh.
The project was initiated together with suPPPort ltd., a consulting company for sustainable development projects with German management. suPPPort facilitated the project to receive funds through the develoPPP.de program, a funding scheme by the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany. Aim of the 3-year project is to annually train 15 Cambodian designers in developing collections, which combine traditional Cambodian designs with European trends, and to facilitate market access to Europe.
A German fashion design graduate from FDI will teach the students and assist them in developing collections, suitable for the European customer. Each year, 5 designers will have the opportunity to visit the Bazaar Berlin, to promote their collections and to find sales channels through marketing events organized by the Bazaar Berlin.
A very important aspect of the project is also to empower local communities in rural areas of Cambodia and to keep traditional skills alive. Therefore, the MEDC designers will work with traditional weaving villages and integrate handwoven naturally dyed fabrics into their collections. The project will further ensure products are manufactured under fair conditions and aims to certify the products developed in the MEDC.
The participation in the training course and the visit to Germany is sponsored by the project and hence provides local designers a great chance for marketing their collection and to ensure long-term business success.