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Weekly Newsletter June 11, 2019

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!

What we're reading // African Print Fashion Now!

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

FIT //

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!  

AVAILABILITY //

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!

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Weekly Newsletter June 4, 2019

An Amuse Bouche: Matatus!!

When I first moved to Nairobi at the tender age of 22, each morning, I'd walk to the matatu stage a few blocks from my apartment, lament that I forgot to put on sunscreen (again!!) and wait for the #48B to come hurtling by. I'd often hear it before I saw it, rattling metal parts playing percussion to the blaring hits of moment. A short walk from the iHub, where I was "working," was Kuona Trust (today called the Kuona Collective) -- a studio and gallery space where young Kenyan artists were producing pieces that today live in museums around the world. It's there that I first met Dennis and his matatu obsession.

Born and raised in Naivasha, Dennis went to art school in Nakuru and has been working out of Kuona since 2007. Since the beginning, matatu culture has been his inspiration. I've always loved people who are obsessed with something, anything, and after years of daily matatus across Nairobi and the occasional one across Kenya, it brings me so much joy and pride to be able to share Dennis's vision, and this essential aspect of Kenyan life, with our Zuri community.

 If you're in the Bay Area, please join us this Saturday, June 8 from 2-4pm, for a conversation about the history of wax print design and contemporary matatu culture at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

For those of you not able to join, we'll share a video of the event in our newsletter next week, plus we'll share more about the design of this textile from Dennis's perspective.

-Sandra

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // JUNE PLAYLIST: Ma3

This month's playlist is a (G-rated) homage to Nairobi Matatu culture--many of these songs can be heard blasting out of the wide-open sliding doors of Nairobi's matatus day or night, rain or shine. So click the link, sync it up, and get ready to bounce!

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Weekly Newsletter May 28, 2019

Welcome to Carnaval!

This past weekend, SF celebrated its 41st annual Carnaval, and we were so excited that our very own Inja was in the parade AND SF mayor London Breed rocked a Zuri! The theme of this year's Carnaval was “La Cultura Cura / Culture Heals,” and we're so proud to be part of this celebration of local community and culture!

SPOTTED: ZURI ON HER!

Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News

Another WOW!  Here's @hillaryclinton wearing our Square Inch dress at the Memorial Day Parade in Chappaqua! We're extremely touched that our dress was chosen for this occasion to honor those who served and sacrificed for all of us. (Andrew and Bill, don't fret!! Zuri men's shirts are IN THE WORX!)

WHAT WE'RE READING // Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

This stunning novel takes you deep into rural Mississippi into the life of a young woman coming of age as the impending storm clouds of Hurricane Katrina swirl around her and her family. She and her brothers are tasked with helping their father prepare for the storm, weathering the unknown, and pulling together to find a way. 
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Weekly Newsletter May 14, 2019

WHAT WE'RE READING // Lost Children Archive

Last month I spent a few days in Paris scoping out our new pop-up location, and during that time, my mind floated in the world of this novel. Through interweaving stories of a woman from New York whose family is unraveling and child migrants from Mexico, author Valeria Luiselli creates a story that brings the border crisis in America into close, personal focus. Beautifully written and hauntingly timely, this novel will stay with you long after you put it down.
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Weekly Newsletter May 6, 2019

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // May Playlist

This month, we've put together a 1960's Ethio-jazz playlist that is guaranteed to set the mood for any occasion. Enjoy! 
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