FASHION THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
We live in a special time. More and more often, we ask ourselves: what's my impact? More than ever before, we realize that each and everyone of us can make a difference, big or small. From our consumption choices to our everyday life, we all have a responsibility. But we also have the power to change things. And everyone is welcome to contribute. At Made of Kitenge, we believe in empowering people and unlocking Africa's full potential. This is why every piece we design is handcrafted by artisans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We actively support local craftsmen and women, designers and their communities. And our colorful pieces transport the African joie de vivre around the world, inspiring people to discover what else this vibrant continent has to offer.
ONCE UPON A TIME...
We founded Made of Kitenge in Dar es Salaam in 2017, initially planning to only design a couple of bags to bring back to Switzerland for personal use. Given the unlimited choice of fabrics, we ended up making over twenty different ones! We immediately noticed the enthusiasm these generated amongst our friends and relatives, and decided to keep going. Made of Kitenge was born!
An infinite palette of colors
Inspired by Africa, we design beautiful and unique items made of Kitenge. Each one is carefully crafted by hand in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Kitenge is a cotton fabric printed in various colors and patterns. It is traditionally used in East Africa to wrap around women’s waists, and as headwear. But today kitenge is more widely used as the primary fabric to make various types of clothes: trousers, shirts, gowns and dresses are made out of it, as well as various accessories such as handbags, hats, ties, shoes, and many more. The city of Dar es Salaam is booming with small tailor shops, named fundis, where locals go to have their clothes custom-made. Wherever you find yourself in the midst of this bustling city, kitenge is all around you.