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The Black Makers Edit


Introducing Naeema and Aniqah, founders of ethical homeware brand QÄSA QÄSA. Originally of Indian ancestry, Naeema and Aniqah have Tanzanian heritage. Inspired by East African artisans and beautifully hand made products, they founded their brand in 2015 in the UK.
This Christmas, you can find a set of two double-sided Kitenge Napkins. These statement cotton napkins are crafted from colourful Swahili textiles and meticulously hand-sewn by artisans at Moyo Designs in Tanzania. Made from local wax print fabric known as Kitenge, each napkin is double-sided so they can be used in two ways, showcasing the striking batik patterned side or the bold and vibrant royal blue or orange lining.

TIP: Use on your Christmas dinner table, or as reusable, sustainable gift wrap. Yes, they might just be the perfect size for a Daisy gift box!

QÄSA QÄSA is part of our Black Makers Edit, a curated collection of products from some of our favourite black-owned brands and artisans that we think our customers will love as much as we do.

So how does it work we hear you ask...?

1. When you buy Kitenge Napkin from the Black Makers Edit, 100% of the sale price goes directly to QÄSA QÄSA.

2. Every time an item is sold from the Edit, we donate £5 to our Black Makers Fund. The makers have each selected a charity for this fund to split amongst. QÄSA QÄSA have chosen The Fursa Trust, a charity combining learning interventions with mentoring to support the children of the slums of Nairobi.

3. When you shop, you will also have the option to make an additional donation to the Black Makers Fund.

QÄSA QÄSA partner with exceptional artisans and community groups in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Malawi to design and source unique products that combine traditional skills with modern design.

“All of our pieces are meticulously handcrafted using local and indigenous materials and take into account sustainability and ethical production.” 

Each piece is either designed or hand-picked by Naeema and Aniqah, revealing the inspiring stories behind every maker and their piece. Their pieces celebrate the creativity of each region and showcase the new and contemporary edge to current African design.

Explore the edit and the beautiful products available here.