Our story

An African designer collection, made for the wanderer.

Hamaji, meaning 'nomad' in coastal Swahili, is an African designer collection created around preserving ancient textile traditions and nomadic craftsmanship while empowering small-scale artisans in Africa.

Reigning from the East coast of Africa, Hamaji was born in Kenya in 2017 by designer Louise Sommerlatte. Built on the principles of sustainability and conscious consumerism, their collections are composed from natural fibres, botanical dyes, hand craft, embroidery, and up-cycled collected vintage textiles.

 

Hamaji is inspired by East African charm and embodies a spirit of nomadic femininity with pastel hues, free flowing silhouettes, and a delightful sense of elegance.

"I want each Hamaji piece to be a real treasure to the owner. When they wear this product, I want them to feel a harmony of culture run through them & a symphony of wandering threads, each with their own nomadic story and heritage."

— Louise SOMMERLATTE

Ethical, slow fashion

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Designed and curated by Louise; hand crafted by our local Kenyan artisans.

 

Our pieces are stitched at Mitumba Arts, a small collective in Nanyuki, where 20 local artisans work together, mostly creating items made from second-hand clothes found at the ‘mitumba market’. All the profits are collectively shared between the artists consisting of tailors, upholsters, hand beaders and painters.

Our embroidery is done by a small group of artisans from the the Ngara slum of Nairobi. Together we design and create the embroidery patterns, encouraging their creativity and supporting their small business.

 

Nigerian tradesmen supply us with our nomadic trinkets that they source in North and West Africa at annual nomadic desert festivals. They travel between East and West Africa, the Middle East and Yemen collecting jewels and gems to trade amongst other artisans.

 

We also work with small local businesses, such as our recent collaboration with Nuno, a Nairobi-based natural dyeing studio.

Follow our journey


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