Taya Maxey [Rwanda]
Define your waist with some beautiful bold belts from Taya Maxey. The wide belts are handcrafted using Rwandan Leather and mix and matched Kitenge cloth enhanced with crochet and sparkly hand-stitched sequins.
Taya Maxey is a Seattle native who packed up her life and moved to Kigali, Rwanda three years ago; followed by a year of dividing her time between Rwanda and Ethiopia after moving to Addis Abba in 2010 and is now in the process of moving to Kenya. In Rwanda Taya has been working with individuals hardest hit by the genocide; designing and creating a range of stylish accessories including belts, bags and sandals that use locally sourced materials and the diverse skills and expertise drawn from indigenous cooperatives and artisans from across Rwanda. The contemporary styled belts showcased here were designed by Taya and handmade by a Rwandan women’s cooperative; in a partnership that sees the skills of blind women creating the crochet and deaf women sewing on the sequin embellishment.
[Image credit: Taya Maxey Red Leather and Kitenge Belt – Danaqa]
The aim is to help with income generation and sustainability within local communities by providing access to international markets for their products, along with ensuring generated revenues are equally distributed amongst all those involved.
…will look fabulous brightening up a simple white summer dress or adding some vibrant colour to denim
Belts shown currently priced at: £95
To purchase the belts visit: www.danaqa.com