Artisanal craft

Mimco Lovers Knot Fall Winter 2020 collection 

Africa is a continent bursting with local skills and materials: we offer a vibrant environment to explore local materials and partner with local artisans. 

All our products are unique collaboration between European design and traditional Kenyan handcraft, and are by the beauty of our country and the strength of our people.

Our materials are locally sourced to promote and support local supply chains, and to minimise transportation emissions. 

LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN

By using Kenyan materials whenever we can, or importing them from neighbouring region, not only we support our economy, but we promote intra-Africa trade, critical for our continent’s economic development and growth, and hence poverty reduction

We support the creation of a local robust supply chain while reducing our impact on the environmental and promoting the people behind it

leather work

We use Kenyan cow, goat and vegetable leathers for embossing, splitting, piping, fringing and weaving. Our trust supplier, Alpharama, is the tannery with the highest environmental accreditation in sub-Saharan Africa.

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NATURAL FIBERS weaving

Our artisans uses their traditional weaving skills to create beautiful objects with natural fibers such as sisal, rafia, palm, banana and star grass.

Sisal is the favourite Kenyan fiber: its plants grow perfectly in our dry soil without the use of chemical fertilisers.

We import raffia, palm and banana fibers from small scale farmers in Uganda. While star grass comes from the Ngara region of Tanzania, a post-conflict tri-border area between Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.

COTTON weaving

The cotton used for our canvas and twill comes from small scale farmers in Kenya. We also source traditional fabrics such as kitenge, kikoi and shuka supporting local supply chains.

We collaborate with small workshops in East Africa to offer customised hand-weaved cotton options, that allow us to better satisfy our clients’ requests.

Through our West African network, we offer the chance to produce beautiful bags using hand-weaved traditional “Faso Dan Fani” fabrics.

beading

The beadwork embodies the Maasai culture, representing beauty, tradition, strength and social status. Beaded jewelry is not just decorative, but a vital aspect of Maasai culture. Jewelry is made and worn to indicate age and social status as well as to mark important events. 

All the artisans involved in our production process are proud of being connected with world-renowned brands interested in their culture and traditional skills.

Embroidery

Our artisans use freehand machine embroidery and hand-embroidery to add depth and detail to a design. 

Embroideries, part of the textile industries for ages, represent the value of tradition that an artisan adds with its hands. Hence, we encourage the use of embroidery to endeavour this intricate traditional skill.

The imperfections are part of the natural beauty of handcrafted products, and our artisans work long hours to create hand-embroidery pieces, adding to each product a indisputable value.

hand-painting

We offer hand-painting options on canvas and leather because it allows more freedom with colour than traditional screen printing. 

Over the years, we engaged with exceptional artisans to make hand-painted bags and accessories for Vivienne Westwood!  did we use it for anyone else? 

crochet and macrame

Crochet originated in Arabia, then spread to the Swahili cost following trade routes. Since then, communities along the coast of Kenya have been mastering this old skill originally with wool and cotton yarns, and more recently with sisal and raffia,

Our artisans use virgin materials, such as cotton or wax cord, and upcycled materials, such as t-shirts offcuts to artfully create knotted components for straps, accessories and bags. Mimco 2019 collection featured iconic macrame elements realised in collaboration with Bega Kwa Bega Women Group in Korochoco.

Artisan Fashion is part of a Public Private Partnership with the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative

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