Made from Italian Silk crepe and embroidered with unique Hamaji botanical sketch designs, these dresses are one- of a kind pieces. Each dress has been embroidered by a group of artisans we work closely together with in the Ngara slum of Nairobi, Kenya. By trying to encourage their creativity and artisanship, each dress directly supports them. Carefully stitched together at our studio on the foot hills of Mt. Kenya by local seamstresses.
HAMAJI, meaning Nomad in coastal Swahili, is an ethical bohemian designer label created around preserving ancient textile traditions and Nomadic craftsmanship while empowering and supporting local small scale artisans in Africa.
Born in Kenya in 2017 by designer Louise Neoma Sommerlattte, Hamaji focuses on supporting local artisan families with a particular focus on empowering women in Kenya. Each piece is crafted with care in a workshop situated on the foothills of Mount Kenya.
Hamaji also takes pride in the materials that they source: upcycled vintage materials, sustainably sourced natural fibres and textiles coming from spice markets and desert festivals in North Africa.
Each Hamaji piece is a treasure to the owner, bringing the Kenyan culture through a symphony of wandering threads with their own nomadic story and heritage.