Meet our newest print: Ma3!
Designed in collaboration with Kenyan artist Dennis Muraguri, we're so proud to share our first ever custom kitenge print with you!
We're calling it Ma3, the word for matatu in Sheng, a living language developed on the streets of Nairobi and disseminated across the city on by matatu drivers and touts (fare collectors). In Kiswahili, the number 3 is tatu, so matatu = ma3, the number of coins it originally cost to ride.
Inspired by the matatus that traverse Nairobi’s streets, this print is an homage to the pulsing heartbeat of the city.
Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, matatus are a way a life for all Kenyans and a dynamic embodiment of contemporary culture.
Printed in Ghana on Ghanaian cotton in the country’s oldest wax print factory, this textile proudly represents an artistic tradition connecting East and West Africa.
We’re thrilled you’re joining us for the ride. Twende!
Curious about the art behind the design? We can't recommend this book enough if you're interested in learning about the historical, social and economic contexts of wax print textiles. We were honored to have an editor of this book, Dr. Leslie Rabine, join us for our textile conversation at the MoAD this past weekend, but for those of you who missed it, pick this up!
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT OUR LARGER SIZES
We are glad to let you know that we've updated our shirt pattern in both 1X and 2X so that all new prints being cut right now will be more consistent in size with our dresses!
We have added more plus size units for each of our new prints being made now! We realize that we're selling through too quickly, so we have increased our production to ensure that everyone who might like to buy is able to do so at their own convenience, rather than immediately once the print drops. We will have many more options available in both 1X and 2X by August.
WE'RE LISTENING //
It's SO important to us that you're happy and excited about your Zuris! We truly rely on your feedback to understand what's working as well as what needs to be fixed so that we can ensure that both our numbers and our fit are spot on. We've appreciated hearing from those of you who have taken the time to help us improve our plus size range, and we'd love to hear from others; if you have a thought, we're all ears!