Moving to Beira, Mozambique in 2017 from Cape Town, with my very ‘new’ husband, has had its challenges. Not least, the humidity and the lack of airconditioning, but more distressing for me, the lack of good coffee!
I have always loved clothes and I was soon drawn to the colourful style of the women in Beira. There may not be an H&M for thousands of kilometres, but the local women here drape and wrap fabulous fabrics in styles that match what’s available in many international shopping malls.
I decided to source these fabrics and to put together my own collection using local tailors and machinists. Annah Chinengo my Zimbabwean assistant has introduced me to suppliers, shops, and without her, I would have battled with the language barrier. (Portuguese is spoken everywhere.) Annah is an important member of the K8Afrika team.
K8Afrika was missing something … Then I was introduced to Equip Mozambique and their sewing school. This school empowers widowed woman. This was the beginning of a successful collaboration with K8Afrika.
The collection is all about beautiful bright colours. The local fabrics are called Kapalanas and they are 100 percent cotton. I will only produce small quantities of each style in each fabric, If you buy from me, you’ll have made a pretty exclusive purchase.
I hope to create much needed work here in Beira, and to bring some Afrikan sunshine into the lives of my customers.
I would be delighted if you would follow my K8Afrika journey.
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU LOVE