spotlight: muzungu sisters


Earlier this week I posted this pic on instagram of an amazing bag that I found in Harper’s Bazaar.  While flipping through the mag it noticeably stood out on the page thus beginning the deep dive into where this piece of perfection had been sourced from.  Enter Muzungu Sisters!  Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo are the co-founders of the brand and their mission is to “promote fair labour practices by showcasing artisan-crafted goods from around the world”.   The online store was born in 2009 and Dana and Tatiana’s goal is to “shine a light on the rare artistry found in various communities, and to stimulate those local economies, all while providing customers with timeless, hand-selected items of impeccable quality and style.”  I have become an instant fan of the product (and philosophy) and I’m thinking you might too!  Shop the site here and read the bio behind each item – everything has a story.  I’m currently coveting these. *above photo via here

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.21.16 PMdelphine delafon x muzungu sisters III

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.06.59 PMenamel hoop earrings

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.27.02 PMdark blue stitched kaftan

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.14.46 PMdenim bali sarong

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.29.40 PMtasseled dress

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.31.54 PMembroidered zebra shawl

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.36.17 PMwayuu mini mochila x

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2 Responses to “spotlight: muzungu sisters”

  1. Afrikia  / 

    It’s a great idea and intention, the Muzungu business; on the other hand it’s pitty that things sold at Muzungu are so expensive…,ok, at least for me; they’re really amazing, beautiful indeed, but seem expensive for me; and I can’t stop thinking (sorry, but…) how much do the people, the artisans who make this beautiful things earn, how much are they paid for their work ?. Obviously it’s a business, but I think, and I hope I’m wrong, it can not be equal for artisans and Muzungu. And that’s why it should be clear; we the Muzungu idea is great !!, but we should know if it’s really fair too ;-)

  2. Jenny  / 

    Hi Afrika. Thank you for your comment! I definitely understand your perspective and appreciate your feedback. I do think that regardless of where the majority of the profit lands – the Muzungu sisters are stimulating local economies and providing work where there may have not been before. This is a good thing!