Malaika Cotton

 "Malaika Cotton is a conscious design brand with a mutual passion for style, design, ethics and craftsmanship."

About Malaika Cotton

  • Mikaela Thimmig & Ida Trygg Andersson
  • 2 full-time employees & 15 artisans
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Up-cycled brass jewlery
  • https://malaikacotton.com/

Malaika Cotton was founded in 2013 by Ida Trygg Andersson and Mikaela Thimmig Bonde. They both come from creative backgrounds. Ida, who worked with music videos, commercial and feature films in the United States and Sweden for six years, decided to change course to Kenya, where she and her husband opened up the hotel Kinondo Kwetu and Kinondo Kwetu Trustfund. On the other side of the spectrum Mikaela, who with her profound background within design, were studying at Parsons in New York, an experience which opened up her eyes to graphics, interior design and textiles. With Ida based in Kenya and Mikaela in Stockholm, they both touch base in the countries that are rooted in their brand.

The head artisan behind the up-cycled brass jewelry is Emmanuel Simat with his group of 14 artisans, 8 men and 6 women, in Nairobi, Kenya. Emmanuel originates from the Maasai tribe from the Kajiado County. He learnt the skill of jewelry making from his mom who made beading belts and other Maasai attires. The brass is recycled from old padlocks & hinges & handles.

Emmanuel states: “My biggest struggle is reaching markets that appreciate our work, consistent clients who can give us a stable and dependable supply of work and finance. Getting the right tools for fine jewelry making is a challenge as most of this cannot be found in Kenya and the prices are high. We tend to get held back from making far better and classic jewelry due to lack of funds to explore new materials, designing costs and initial cost charges that are paid before venturing into big craft fairs and sales.” 

For its recycled brass jewelry Malaika Cotton works with a group of 15 artisans in Nairobi, Kenya providing a stable income.

With every purchase of piece of brass jewelry by Malaika Cotton you not only support the growth of the brand but WLP also directly contributes its profits to providing professional training and needed tools and equipment to Emmanuel and his group of artisans.

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Open Drop Ring Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project
Open Drop Ring Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project
Open Drop Ring Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project
Open Drop Ring Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project

Open Drop Ring

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Open Star Bracelet Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project

Open Star Bracelet

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Open Drop Bracelet Malaika Cotton Bracelet - White Label Project

Open Drop Bracelet

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3x Lucky Bracelet

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Malaika Lucky Bracelet

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