Nkiruka by Nkiruka
Loughborough Junction maker
Creatively driven, culturally inspired......
NKIRUKA is a creative fashion, arts, crafts & textiles design partnership based in South London. Our work and focus specialises in the textiles, crafts and ornamental arts of indigenous peoples and societies (Africa, Asia, South America and the Antipodes). Nkiruka's designs aim to transform and share these 'textiles of culture' whilst at the same time cherishing their history, the craftsmanship demonstrated by their creators and the stories, traditions and values that they represent. We believe that in order for these fabrics to live, they must be translated into uses that are suitable for modern lives and this serves to create new audiences, markets and consumers. The word 'Nkiruka' (pronounced 'N-key-ru-ka') comes from the Nigerian Igbo language and means, 'the best is yet to come'.
Nkiruka produces clothing (tops, summer dresses, jackets), accessories (clutches, head scarves, tote bags, fabric jewellery), home furnishings (cushions, lampshades, fabric squares for quilting) and artwork using traditional African wax prints, tie dye and batik fabrics made by local artisans and women’s cooperatives in Ghana and Nigeria. We support the local by going global. We also use these fabrics to re-upholster/ recycle deck chairs and director’s chairs to produce vibrant and colourful pieces.
We run a number of creative workshops using African fabrics, textiles and traditional craft techniques.
Learn more about our DESIGN AFRICA 2015 workshops by visiting www.designafrica.eventbrite.com