As a self-taught Designer and Artist I have always had a passion for traditional crafts and natural textiles. Over the years I’ve explored many different mediums and art forms. I started as a jeweler, and then later found my love for sewing and weaving. Creating one of a kind clothing, adornments, and home goods has always been my intention and goal.
My travels brought me to West Africa 20 years ago and I’ve had the privilege to collaborate directly with amazing artisans to create my designs. Much of the fabric I use today is Bogolan: hand-woven local cotton cloth with decorations hand painted using mud dyes and sourced directly from a village in Mali. Other fabrics are hand dyed with indigo, both vintage and modern.
The rich texture and ethnic designs of African textiles inspire simple and sophisticated fashion. Each of my statement pieces is unique due to the hand dying process of the fabrics. Many of the garments are cut and sewn myself in our home studio, while some of my designs are sewn locally with the help of others.
Over the years our selection evolved into an ever-changing collection of sophisticated, dynamic apparel and home decor with both traditional and modern elements.
By wearing an AWANYA garment or bringing a decorative piece into your home, it is my intention to inspire a sense of connection and empowerment. The spirit of these textiles has a richness that I hope will enrich your life.