Menu
Cart 0

News — handmade

Crafting Women’s Futures: Hannah’s Leather & Craft, Guyana

Posted by Karen James Cody on

Crafting Women’s Futures: Hannah’s Leather & Craft, Guyana

  This small leather workshop run by Marsha and her small coterie of Muslim women and girls in Georgetown Guyana has since 2000 trained girls in the intricate arts of leather curing, dying, stamping, sewing, fabrication, and design. All Hannah leathers are a byproduct of food production - utilizing skins that used to be thrown away. Marsha is the lead designer. She learned the craft herself through a 7-year apprenticeship with a master leather worker. She has since trained a score of girls in a craft that today supports them and their children, in an economy where women with little formal education...

Read more →

The Guyana leathers are here. We're so excited!

Posted by Karen James Cody on

The Guyana leathers are here. We're so excited!

The leathers from Guyana, South America have arrived! They have been on the market for several weeks - and they are getting a LOT of attention!!! Stamped sheepskin, natural untreated caiman - the exotic relative of the alligator, and more South American leathers, all Kupendiza leathers are the byproduct of food production. No animals were killed for their skins.   And yet the natural beauty cannot be denied. Beautiful and affordable, check them out at Kupendiza Collections. All are 100% hand made by the women of Hannah's Leather & Crafts near Georgetown, Guyana. (More about these ladies later!)    

Read more →

Coterie... A Fashion Industry Education

Posted by Karen James Cody on

Coterie... A Fashion Industry Education

When the marvelous Ida Lewis-Polite of Ida's Idea in downtown D.C. first saw the Kupendiza bags, she said "You belong at Coterie!"     New to the industry, I'd never heard of this huge fashion trade show. But, ever coachable, I noted it in my little black book for future reference. When an icon of retail in the District of Columbia favors you with a recommendation, I figure you'd be an idiot not to listen. That conversation took place well before Kupendiza officially launched in November 2015, when I was still traipsing around to BNI meetings (Business Networking International) showing...

Read more →

The Baganara Bag Is Back! But Different This Time!

Posted by Karen James Cody on

The Baganara Bag Is Back! But Different This Time!

We listen to our customers. So...back by popular demand: the Baganara bag.  Made by the women of the African Women & Youth Initiative, it's one of our best sellers, but this time they show up in variations of red and black, as well as the popular earth tones of the past. The new colors are a hit already. We're having trouble keeping them on the shelves. (A lovely problem to have!) Our bags are not one-of-a-kind, but they're nearly so! We strive to reorder favorites, but the creativity of the Kenyan women is hard to rein in - they just...

Read more →

Upcoming Events: A Kupendiza Holiday 2016!

Posted by Karen James Cody on

Upcoming Events: A Kupendiza Holiday 2016!

We have some great events coming up!!! #AfricaStyle with Tunde Odunlade December 2016 At the African Studies Association 59th Annual Meeting  in D.C. from December 1-3, Tunde Odunlade's gorgeous batik quilt tapestry titled "Sunshine on the Village Square" will grace the cover of the meeting program. The tapestry tells the story of the city of Ile Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The ASA conference is titled "Imagining Africa at the Center: Bridging Scholarship, Policy, and Representation in African Studies." It will be at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel.  Kupendiza will be showing in the exhibit hall.   Fundraiser for Black Women Playwrights Group To Feature...

Read more →