Filling Pieces and KLABU have connected to produce a limited-edition football shirt that commemorates the 150th anniversary of Keti Koti: a day that remembers the 863 abolitions of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles along with the people who battled for freedom and the rich cultures that have persevered and flourished since.
This collaboration between Amsterdam’s Filling Pieces and the Dutch sports specialist KLABU welcomes a new jersey that’s designed in the same color scheme as the Surinamese flag, with white foundations being complemented by speckles of red and green in KLABU’s classic butterfly print. Additionally, the Dutch and Surinamese flags are both also included in the design, used to pay homage to the large diaspora present in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the usual positioning of the shirt sponsor has been replaced with the words “United Spirit,” while the back is hit with a large jaguar graphic that sits in the middle. Wearing the shirt for the official campaign, Filling Pieces and KLABU have enlisted 32 friends and family of Surinamese descent, including Netherlands football legend, Michael Reiziger, to model the design.
Along with the new jersey, Filling Pieces and KLABU have also committed to building a new clubhouse in Suriname, which will include various workshops focusing on sport, music, and design. This new hub for creativity will follow a string of previously-built KLABU clubhouses, with other hubs being constructed in Brazil, Kenya, and Bangladesh.
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