QÄSA QÄSA stems from the amharic word to mean ‘inspire’, ‘awake’ and ‘motivate’ and takes inspiration from the incredible and diverse skills of artisans in East Africa. They source and design unique homewares made from natural and indigenous materials, taking into account sustainability and ethical production methods. Each item is hand-crafted with care and has an inspiring story behind it.
It’s founders, Naeema Anjarwalla and Aniqah Moawalla, are of East African heritage and founded QÄSA QÄSA in 2015 and set off on a journey to explore these East African skilled artisans. They have a passion for discovering traditional craftsmanship and this forms the inspiration behind their first collection of handmade home accents.
They have partnered with exceptional artisans, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) and community groups to support local development, as well as celebrate the skills of each region. From innovative non-profit social enterprise that supports women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and education, to an artisan partner whom employs more than 300 rural East African women, some of which are refugees that have fled conflict from within the post-conflict tri border areas of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania and now weave beautiful tablemats and trays for them, all ethically made, fair trade and using natural materials.
To show their product diversity they also have collaborated with a well known Tanzanian brand that we love too and met in Dar Es Salaam called Nyumbani Design to create some exquisite serving utensils. Using different types of locally sourced woods, these beautiful pieces have been hand crafted and shaped exclusively for us by the skilled wood carvers in her workshop.
Ethiopia is currently booming in new industries and ethical development and so they are are excited to be partnering with a certified fair trade organisation in Addis Ababa that produces uniquely designed cotton and silk products for the contemporary home. Using traditional production methods that involve real craftsmanship, the threads are hand spun and woven to produce beautifully soft fabric. The cotton and silk is produced in Ethiopia and some of the fabrics are dyed using local plants and herbs.
These amazing women are busily getting things ready for their first pop-up shops in December. The launch collection has an eclectic range of basketware made from sisal, sweetgrass and ugwafu. They also have utensils made from a variety of local Tanzanian woods as well as sustainable Ugandan cow horn, soft Ethiopian silk & cotton textiles, Rwandan woven bowls, Tanzanian throws and napkins, and amazing recycled glass and wood jars from Malawi. QÄSA QÄSA brings you an edit of the best craftmanship in the often overlooked East African region.
For the launch collection QÄSA QÄSA will collaborate with Nyumbani Design on an exclusive collection of cake slices and serving spoons made from local coconut & blackwood.
QÄSA QÄSA is exhibiting at the Selvedge Fair in Chelsea Town Hall on 3rd & 4th December. They are also hosting their very first pop-up on 13th December at Stretch on Columbia Road so be sure to visit!
For more information do see: WWW.QASAQASA.CO.UK
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