Experience Africa and let its inspiration take hold of you. YOU KHANGA is one project that combines two distant cultures – AFRICAN LIFE & ITALIAN STYLE, a merger of the mystique and romance of Africa with the experience and excellence of Italian footwear craftsmen. The YOU KHANGA pumps and slippers range is born in Kenya, where the khanga materials are crafted providing unique quality cloths that give a ‘one of a kind’ character. The cloths are then sent to Italy to be crafted into quality unique footwear. The results are ‘one off’ products with no two identical pairs. Each khanga is unique and can’t be recreated, including some of its small imperfections.
WHAT IS A KHANGA?
A khanga can be anything in equatorial Africa. First and foremost it’s a printed rectangular shaped piece of material in bright colours and decorated with sentences, proverbs, and good-wishing riddles written in the Swahili language. For Kenyan women it’s also a lifestyle: transform and use the khanga as a dress, a headdress, it can be used to carry children on someone’s back and even to decorate houses.
Every YOU KHANGA product is unique for a simple reason: no khanga equals another. They are similar but not identical. Every one of them has an identity of its own. Mass production do not exist in Kenya; therefore each shoe will be cut in a different point of the cloth, making each pair unique – even by a small detail.
We would like to contribute as much as possible to the development of the local population. For this reason we produce the small khanga bags by hand on location and part of the profits of the YOU KHANGA creations will be invested in charity projects dedicated to the women and children of Kenya. With our first collection, spring-summer 2014, donations will be given to the ASANTE SANA ROBERTO CHILDREN’S HOME, an orphanage in Mambrui.
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