Sneaky peek at out new patch pocket organic tees

Everyone loves pockets right!?

Well, we do. Especially if they are made from our favorite, colourful African/Holladais wax fabrics.

Our super stylish organic, african cotton tees with patch pockets will be in our shop by Monday – there a great way to keep it keep it simple but add a splash pf colour that might tempt the sun to shine here in the UK!

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Organic tees with extra jazz!

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We even have some for grown ups! (this is Steve being a grown up)

 

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New spring collection in our shop

Well, spring has sprung (we hope!) and we wanted to share some great news with you…

We have a wonderful new spring collection of handmade, ethical and eco goodies for you and your home in our shop.

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From gorgeous, cuddly pram blankets, super colourful sun tops, dapper gents scarves and bright, eco cushions covers and table runners  – each of our products has a story behind – the story of the wonderful woman who made it and the child whose life has been transformed because you’ve brought it.

As you may remember we use all our profit to children orphaned by HIV in the slums of Kampala. One of the ways we do this is with education grants that help children like Fiona Nakazwe, 10. 

Here is a little film we made with Fiona and her adopted grandmother Sarah, so they can tell you for themselves how awamu is changing their lives. 

Fiona’s mother died some years ago and she was living with her father, tragically he also became very ill and Fiona had to drop out of school to care for him before he passed away last year. Distant relatives then took her to live in a village outside Kampala, leaving her friends and all connections to her parents behind.

Her relatives didn’t want to pay for her to go to school and she was being used a domestic servant – digging all day in the fields, looking after other children, cooking, fetching water and only eating if there was some food left over. 

Luckily, Sarah Kanyike (widower and guardian of 10 grand children) had been friends with Fiona’s parents and when she went to attend the funeral she saw that Fiona looked ill and was very unhappy “I could see these people just wanted to use her for fetching water. I decided to bring her to become one of my family of 10 to make it 11. She calls me grandmother, because the rest of my family also calls me grandma. She was welcomed here by my family – I told them ‘she is one of you”.

Your awamu purchase has helped Fiona to enrol in primary school where she is now excelling..

Fiona told me “Ja-ja (grandma) Sarah takes me as her real family, I’m happy because I’m now one of the family. The day I was going to start school I woke up early and started to get dressed – then grandma told me ‘what are you doing – it’s only 4.30 – school won’t open for another 4 hours’ but I couldn’t go back to sleep I was too excited”.

There are now 66 children enrolled in primary school thanks to the education programme we run in partnership with ActionAid Uganda. 

On behalf of Fiona, Sarah and all teh children and women we work with in Kampala – Thank you xX

Sunshine on a snowy day!

We’ll be launching lots of new gorgeous handmade goodies in our shop very soon but couldn’t resist putting these up today…

Two gorgeous new medium weight scarves – perfect for this never ending winter/never starting spring!

They’re double sided – bright, summery 100% cotton ‘hollandais’ fabrics on one side with a softer, more snuggly side made from 55% hemp/45% organic cotton jersey in charcoal grey.

The colours are uplifting and sunny but they’re keep you warm until the summer arrives

A snap at £25 and all the profit will help us to enrol more children like Tom, orphaned by HIV, enrol into primary school 🙂

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‘Arrows’ cotton/hemp/organic cotton scarf

This is what happens when you buy from awamu…

Something to make you smile – this is what happens when you buy from awamu…

Children supported by AWAMU happy after receiving scholastic materials for the second term. Thanks to AWAMU for the support given to our children here in Kampala Uganda.

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Thank you to Draper’s Organic

DraperslogoWe’re thrilled to have received a VERY generous donation of beautiful organic hemp, bamboo and silk/tensel fabric from Nerissa and family at Draper’s Organic.

They’ve given us given us meters and meters of their lush organic fabric – lots of which is already winging it’s way to Kampala to be made into wonderful new items for our shop.

Hemp is one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics – it is a renewable, biodegradable resource that grows well without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and has a deep root system that helps to prevent soil erosion, whilst removing toxins and aerating the soil to the benefit of future crops.

It’s also naturally UV resistant and wonderfully soft. 

We’re so thrilled – all this fabric will be used to make products by our women’s groups in Kampala and sold to raise money to support orphaned and vulnerable children through primary school and train women in skills they need to feed their families. Can’t wait to show you all our new handmade goodies soon.

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Draper’s organic hemp in beautiful colours

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Cutting cloth ready for travel to Kampala

Shhhhhhhh…

It may seem pretty quiet around here but there is plenty going on behind the scenes.

Lots of lush new goodies and news from Uganda to follow soon…..in the mean time what do you think of these?

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Crossed backed summer tops for babies and girls

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Clutch bags from grownups – upclycled and hollandais wax

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These are wrap dresses for girls…busy busy!

Awamu shortlisted for an Ethical Fashion SOURCE award!

We’re totally blown away to have been shortlisted for the Ethical Fashion SOURCE award yesterday.

The awards recognise excellence in fashion and sustainability across 12 different categories, from design innovation to brand leadership across women’s, men’s, accessories, and children’s wear, sustainable supply/manufacture, retail, and individual contribution.

We’ve are a finalist in the ‘Inovation in children’s wear’ section – recognising new talent in fashion and textiles design, combined with innovation in sustainability.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to get this far – a massive THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to nominate us.

We ♥ you.