These baskets above are just a tiny peek into the huge range of handwoven work created under the project; Maka Emali and stocked exclusively at Iko Iko.
Maka Emali, with support from Child Fund New Zealand and a grant from the NZ government, is a development initiative between the Maasai and Kamba communities of Emali, Kenya. This is a region increasingly affected by drought and an alternative to farming was desperately needed by the communities as a means of survival. The forming of the company has given the women from Emali a chance to meet regularly as a community and draw on traditional methods from their rich cultural heritage to create fairly traded products that will be sold in Kenya and through Iko Iko!
The Iko Iko team deal directly with the project meaning there are no middle men and the women get 100% of the profit from their sales.
Looks good AND feels good to buy guys! Check out this great video by Jake Lyell explaining the project in great depth.
(Currently in the Wellington and Auckland stores only…but if you like what you see drop them an email!: firstname.lastname@example.org )