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14th Nov 2019

Cork designer launches new range to help empower underprivileged women in Kenya

Olivia Hayes

This is such a brilliant idea.

Rosemarie Kamana, a designer and artist, who is Carrigtwohill-based, has launched a new sustainable clothing range to help women in need.

The new range, called Kamana, will include bags, scarves and hoodies made from leftover materials discarded from factories across the continent. There will also be cushions and jewellery made from recycled plastics – so you have plenty to choose from.

All of this in to help struggling women in Kenya, which is Rosemarie’s homeland. She visited there last year to meet her grandmother and it struck her just how difficult it is for women over there to make enough more to raise their children.

“I went on holidays back to Kenya last year and I met with a grandmother, in her 70s, who was raising her four grandchildren because her daughter had died from the HIV virus,” said Rosemarie.

“There are a lot of women over there who are struggling alone to survive on just two dollars a day.  Some are forced to sell their bodies and be abused to provide for their children.

“I felt that I needed to do something, so I set up this collective of women to try and empower them and give them the opportunity to, in turn, empower others through these workshops.

“As an artist, I think it’s important for people to come together and make a change.”

The Kamana range will be available at the Gifted Craft and Design Fair Cork and at Art Source Cork, which will take place in City Hall Cork from November 29 to December 1. You can check out more info here.