The Ultimate Feminist Etsy Guide this week brings you Dinky Mix. A store brought to life by Chi Opara, dedicated to celebrating, encouraging, and empowering young black girls and boys, who may often be overlooked by mainstream society.
Chi worked as a fashion designer for seven years, designing for large retail companies and got fed up of the creative restriction and the lack of soul in the industry. She decided to go back to uni to get a masters in design, after which Dinky Mix was created!
The idea of Dinky Mix came about when Chi saw that the lack of art prints for black children in a style that she liked. She decided to do something about it… The rest is herstory.
Of course, I wanted to know more about Chi and how she aimed to make sure that no little girl or boy was overlooked with Dinky Mix.
Describe Dinky Mix shop in 3 words
Empowering, Playful, Inspiring.
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism is about the women and the men. It’s intersectional, it has to include race, abilities etc. It is something that highlights the need for equality. The need to be a decent human being, and the need to look outside ourselves, and begin seeing the human race as a collective that works together to get the job done.
How does your shop look to empower women and children?
I use my brand to empower children, to let them know that nobody is more deserving of the space because they are a specific gender and they are certainly no less deserving of the space because of their skin tone. Through design, I hope to help instill a positive self-identity, pride in cultural heritage and a sense of belonging, that will go on to foster strength and confidence in the next generation.
You can check out the full guide here to see the rest of the wonderful ladies that make up the guide.
4 businesses will be added to the guide each month, so by the end of the year, we will have the ultimate feminist Etsy Gift guide.
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