Wearable Weed Art: The Designs of Korto Momolu
Cannabis fashion has come a long way from psychedelic tie-dye and Grateful Dead tees. In recent years, cannabis has shown up on leading runways during major events like New York Fashion Week.
Last year Korto Momolu, a Liberian-born designer and Project Runway alum, partnered with Colorado’s Women Grow organization to produce a cannabis-centric clothing capsule for 2019’s NY Fashion Week.
Korto (pronounced cut-toe) draws on her African roots to create beautiful women’s wear. For her 28-piece collection, she incorporated natural, sustainable materials like jute, linen, hemp and cork as well as precious metals like rose gold to signify the strength women need to survive in a business such as cannabis.
Instead of focusing on getting high, Momolu’s clothing represents the mood women want, akin to the soft, relaxing mood of cannabis. She herself uses plant-based medicine for arthritis.
Korto is no stranger to runways, in fact, she’s built a reputation for inclusivity, using models of all ethnicities and body types.
Here’s hoping we see more shining cannabis designers like Korto Momolu on the horizon!