Hamadi the Tailor
We think sustainable fashion is timeless fashion. We also think that creating work opportunites were there are less is a good thing.
Malaika Cotton work closely with the production of our items to ensure fair conditions, minimal environmental footprint and happy workers.
Malaika Cottons Daywear is produced in the only WFTO* factory producing garments in Kenya, named Kiboko Leisure Wear. It’s a small but effective team, currently they have about 80 team members but still focused on efficiency. 10% of the team are working in the management (mainly women) 45 woman and 25 Men.
For all our samples and part of our production is made in our own workshop in Kenya. Our first co-worker and skilled tailor was Hamadi.
Here is his story:
Born in his home in the Kinondo Village in Kenya near us, by mother Zuhura. At that time they did not record dates or years, but he thinks he is soon to turn 50 years old. He was born in the season of the rains.
He started sewing when he was about 15 years old about 1969.His mother took him to their neighbor who was a tailor, Mze Kassim. Kassim thought him how to sew. He stayed with Kassim for 5 years learning and eventually working together as a team. In his 20s he worked for a local dressmaking company for a few years. He meet his wife Asha in his 30s and got 5 children together (Bidja, Asha, Maoa, Saidi, Rashid). He then resumed to work on his own in the village until he joined us 9 years back for several projects and he is now our head tailor for Malaika Cotton workshop
If you ask Hamadi what he thinks about sewing, he smiles and says: Na penda sana (I love it)
*World Fair Trade Organization