Mayamiko New Season 2014 Lookbook

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Last August we featured Mayamiko, a brand that offers traditionally printed accessories and homeware goods that are made by artisans in Malawi. The company recently expanded their offerings by launching a full clothing range called Mayamiko Designed. The new range includes dresses, skirts, shorts, tops, jackets and pants that are all made with fabrics sourced from the bustling markets of Malawi. The striking cotton printed fabrics include traditional chitenje vase prints, hand-dyed batiks and dip-dyed prints. The retro-styled lookbook was photographed by Charlotte Rutherford and features British-Algerian singer YADi. The collection, simply called the “New Season,” has basic tailored silhouettes that allow the eye-catching prints to take center stage. The color palette includes warm earth tones along with cooler tones of green, blue, rose and lavender. We love the feminine print of the Baroque Rose Cropped Jacket, and the coordinating mini a-line shift dress. We also adore the intricacy of the baroque print Rust A-line Skirt and matching crop top. Another must-have is the Berry Slip Dress that comes in a small-scale print with a gathered, self-tie empire waist and front and back v-necklines. The Mayamiko brand operates under the Mayamiko Trust, a non-profit organization that was founded by Paola Masperi in 2008. Via the Trust, Mayamiko formed The Cotton Project in order to increase the value of Malawian cotton through exclusive sourcing for use in local manufacturing. Moreover, The Cotton Project employs artisans to cut and hand sew the traditional Malawian cotton fabrics into Mayamiko garments and accessories. Thanks to generous donations, the Mayamiko Trust conjointly established The Fashion Lab, a workshop in Lilongwe where artisans can learn pattern reading, cutting, sewing, tailoring and finishing, and important business skills. The workshop is open to Malawian women who are affected by HIV and those who care for HIV orphans, and graduates are entitled to free financial and business planning advice, and a grant funding 50% of the purchase price of a sewing machine. Shop the brand’s online boutique to purchase items from the Mayamiko New Season collection, as well as chic accessories and home decor items. To hear music by YADi, visit her page on Deezer or Spotify.

Click here to visit the Mayamiko website.