Kisany: they stitch it in the Congo…

Gorgeous linens with snazzy patterns help east African women affected by war

The Kenyan kikoy designed by Kisany
The Kenyan kikoy designed by Kisany | Image: © Kisany

Belgian homeware brand Kisany provides employment for east African women living in regions ravaged by war and famine, and over the past 12 years has trained more than 200 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Kenya as embroiderers, tailors and weavers.

Embroidering for Kisany
Embroidering for Kisany | Image: Martin Lukongo for Kisany

Hand-embroidered linen for sale on its website includes six white napkins (€150), each with a different bright green cactus, and a white pillow with a leaf-wreathed heart (€110). Hand-carved cow-horn beakers (€40), a salt bowl and spoon set (€38) and a handwoven red linen throw (€380) are other covetables.

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Kisany also collaborates with corporate and private clients to provide bespoke pieces that can be delivered within six to eight weeks. All profits go to the artisans and workers and the project’s running costs.

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