Early this year, I was excited to encounter Abby, the founder of Zuri Collection, and discover her socially responsible business. As you know, I enjoy finding clothing that is good quality, beautiful and also fair trade.
Zuri Collection’s journey started in 2013 during Abby’s time teaching in Tanzania. She witnessed how hard it was for Tanzanian families to support themselves. In 2016, Abby started Zuri Collection, working with Tanzanian seamstresses and artisans to help provide a marketplace to sell their products in the USA and to earn a fair wage. Zuri Collection represents Tanzanian artisanship and offers ethically made skirts, such as the one I am wearing in this post, jewelry, bags, and homeware.
The Skirt I am wearing is called the Dorice and is made from Tanzanian Kitenge fabric. One of the things I love about this skirt, apart from the uranium green which is one of my favourite colours, is that it has pockets. There is a definite dearth of pockets in women’s clothing and a fair number of essays have been written about why women’s pockets are so small, purely decorative or don’t even exist. I was also happy to realise this skirt fitted me like a glove. I’m used to customising my clothing to fit my “vertically challenged” frame but this skirt didn’t need any alteration.
Figuring out what to pair this skirt with wasn’t as easy. As I’ve got older I’ve felt less “need” to express myself through clothing and most days defer to the LA uniform of leggings and active wear in neutral colours where pairing isn’t an issue. However, with the Dorice skirt, I needed to try several different tops before finding one that worked. I later realised that Abby has put together an entire blog post on how to wear an African skirt and fully appreciate when Abby says “African skirts can seem a little intimidating to wear.” Now that I’ve tried one I feel the old buzz I used to get from wearing something different and am excited to break out from my lazy uniform.
Click here to check out Abby’s blog post and to learn more about kitenge fabric.
Special thanks to Zuri Collection for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.