Kumi Apparel | TAILORING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Kumi is the result of School For Life Foundation's vocational training program, an initiative developed by our community to teach under-educated and unemployed women how to sew.
As the project expanded and products became market-worthy, a small, but distinct, social enterprise evolved named - Kumi.
Kumi means 10 in the local language (Luganda) and represents the team of 10 women employed in the initiative. Invoking practical training and applicable core subject courses, Kumi seeks to unlock the creative potential within aspiring tailors and empower them with new expertise.
The inspiration for Kumi products flows from both international fashions and timeless, local Ugandan traditions. Our garments and accessories are an exciting fusion of bold African kitenge with beautiful, practical and resourceful designs. The result is a distinctive, must-have collection of apparel and accessories that will be cherished. Not only will your individually-crafted piece invite compliments and create a stir wherever you go, you can be confident that 100% of your purchase proceeds are reinvested to support the project, and ongoing education in the community.
Support the project by purchasing the products from our online store.
A note on African Wax Block Prints
The beautiful, colourful cotton fabrics used in Kumi’s products are quite unique and are generally only printed in small runs of 6 to 12 yard lengths. This means that if you love a certain pattern or colour combination it is generally a one-off and may never be ‘exactly’ printed again.
Christian Dior’s Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, used wax block printed fabrics in her 2020, Marrakesh based, Cruise Collection.
The wax resist method of printing means the fabric retains a wax coating that softens with washing. Over time it will become soft whilst retaining its vivid colour. Another feature is that there is no noticeable right or wrong side to the fabric making it prefect for asymmetrical hemlines, wrap skirts or unlined jackets where the underside is on display.
The uniqueness of this fabric however also makes it difficult for School for Life and Kumi to always satisfy our customers desire for certain colours and designs. So please, if you see something you love, buy it before someone else does!
Your purchase is unique, made with love, supports our lovely, happy Kumi sewers and helps educate 1,000 children.