Love is ALL

Heart Design

Alessandra Cenna

MIFUKO

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© Mifuko

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This African story begins with two Finnish designers, Mari Martikainen and Minna Impiö.

Friends since the University of Helsinki, it was in 2009 that they began to forge their ties with Kenya.

Minna was staying in Nairobi and when Mari came to visit her, they discover together in the heart of the local market a whole universe rich in colors of baskets upon baskets, African creations made thanks to the traditional techniques of Kiondo weaving of the women living in the rural villages of the region of Machakos.

They decide to combine this know-how and manual dexterity with a clean Finnish design under the name "Mifuko" which means "pocket" in Swahili.

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© Mifuko

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The women, who normally work on the farms, gather in the shade of the trees to discuss and learn together how to make these beautiful baskets.

They make them from natural fibers such as sisal, a tough plant that is easy to dye, softer than rattan and can be mixed with recycled plastic.

 

This tradition of basket weaving began in the early 1930s in the Makueni region of Kenya. Women used it to store food and spices or to transport fruits and vegetables.

These handicrafts were also given as wedding gifts and their crafting technique was passed down from mother to daughter.

 

Today, these basket weavers form a community of over 700 women and every day new aspirants join them.

 

Each model is handmade, signed by its creator and as with any artisanal work, each piece is unique.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mifuko was able to give visibility and real notoriety to these talented artists.

 Sold in around thirty countries, the classic Kiondo baskets are made in Kenya, the more sophisticated models in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana.

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Certified member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Mifuko created in 2012 a non-profit organization to improve the living conditions of women by allowing them to acquire cows and chickens or by financing the construction of sanitary facilities in the region. .

 

For the creators of the brand, Mifuko’s mission is to bring joy to these women and everyone who uses their products at home, on the beach, in the city or while traveling.

They work together for a happier future because they are hand made.

 

This slogan “a happier future is made by hand” perfectly transcribes this desire for transmission, sharing and joy in the beauty of the smiles that accompany them.

 

 

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