The Greens Team – Saudi’s all-female football team – just won second place at the Global Goals World Cup in New York, which is an activist football tournament for women campaigning for change across various issues like gender equality, climate change and education. Not only did they come second, but they also managed to represent their home country with their fashion choices, too.
When they hit the field in Copenhagen, the team wore custom abayas designed by Arwa Al Banawi, and they championed regional designers again at the United Nations General Assembly Week. The athletes wore handwoven jackets designed by Saudi-based brand Abadia, which bridges modern design with traditional embroidery and beading techniques to preserve tradition. And, of course, the team’s jackets were inspired by the colours of the Saudi flag.
Not only are the jackets beautiful, but they’re sustainable too. The scrap fabric that’s created as a result of cutting and sewing the jackets is then repurposed and turned into necklaces. Considering The Greens Team’s chosen Global Goal is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of materials, choosing Abadia seems like the obvious choice (and the most fashionable).