We are very proud to proclaim that all pieces of samples at Malaika Cotton webshop are handmade by high skilled artisans in Kenya. From our head tailor named Hamadi, who creates handmade kimono samples in the workshop or the beautiful jewelry handmade by Emmanuel. Not to forget to mention Mama Cosmos who creates wood pieces for home decor.
So what does it mean for a piece of clothing to be handmade, rather than machine made? The hand gives a value added which has no monetary value. The value added is that connection with a maker. Today there is a fear of losing connection, through the wider global scene.
The value of handmade clothes and home decor takes handcrafting one step further, by celebrating the traditional skills of ancient communities and the advanced high level training that is required to make these clothes, accessories and deco.
Malaika Cotton work with womens groups, collectives and single artisans. We believe this is important for a craftmanship and traditions to survive in a country and a continent that is under fast development.
At Malaika Cotton we are proud of all our handmade pieces of samples. Our samples and part of our production it is handmade in our own workshop in Kenya.
It takes quite an effort to meet the requirements of our handcrafted value, traditional handmade methods that can only be completed by highly-skilled workers.
Emmanuel makes handmade jewelry for Malaika Cotton using recycled materials:
“I am very passionate about my job as I can say jewelry making is a skill I first learned from my mom who raised us.
She made beading belts and other Maasai attires, if I wanted a pair of shoes or a school uniform my mom would make me bead some belts which she would sell and buy me what I wanted, this taught me self reliences from a very early age.
I came to learn more about fine jewelry making and brass casting after working for a UK based jewelry company which had a base here in Kenya. I managed to meet very influential world designers and this encouraged me to go for a jewelry making course and made me a great jewelry maker. I love seeing beautiful pieces coming out of what is deemed to be trash and ugly and no longer usable.”
Read the story of Hamadi, Emmanuel and Mama Cosmos and learn more about these highly skilled co-workers at www.malaikacotton.com/stories/
Malaika Cotton – fusing style with ethics. Making a change as we go.
Based in Scandinavia and Kenya, MALAIKA is a design brand with a conscience, dedicated to create unique textile products by fusing style with ethics. With a base in our Northern design heritage we are influenced and inspired by aesthetics around the world.