Filling Pieces and KLABU have dropped a limited-edition football shirt to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Keti Koti: a day marking the 1863 abolition of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles, the people who fought for freedom, and the rich cultures that have persevered and flourished since.
A collaboration between Amsterdam streetwear label Filling Pieces and Dutch sports social enterprise KLABU, the jersey arrives in the red and green of the Surinamese flag on a white base, darting across the shirt in KLABU’s signature butterfly print. The Dutch and Surinamese flags both feature on the kit, highlighting the large diaspora present in the Netherlands.
Where a shirt sponsor would typically go, ‘United Spirit’ is written across the front. On the back, a large jaguar graphic sits in the centre. To launch the jersey, the brands tapped 32 friends and family of Surinamese descent – including Netherlands football legend Michael Reiziger – to model the creation.
Being the child of Surinamese parents, Filling Pieces founder Guillaume Philibert celebrates the country’s talent and the diaspora in the Netherlands each year through the brand’s ‘Unity for Suriname’ initiative. However, for this year’s landmark anniversary, he decided to celebrate with a long-lasting project.
In further collaboration with KLABU, the two brands have committed to building a Filling Pieces x KLABU clubhouse in Suriname, with workshops focusing on sport, music, and design. KLABU has built sports clubhouses in various countries, with locations including Brazil, Kenya, and Bangladesh.
Take a closer look at the jersey below.