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The Many Upcycled Zippers Bag

Re-blogging this nice piece by Sam Nkirote McKenzie from the design blog www.maridadi.co Ruth Abade, the designer behind the brand ‘Blackfly’, is constantly experimenting to improve the quality of her bags. When I visited her workshop in Toi Market, near Adams Arcade, she showed me prototypes of several bags and took me through materials, structure and functionality. Ruth […]

Blackfly in Johannesburg

On Saturday November 21 you can see and buy some of the latest Blackfly designs at a pop-up sale in Johannesburg. When? Saturday 21 November, 09:30 – 17:00 Where? Midrand, San Ridge Village, Apartment no 44 Download a flyer with all the details  

Our first sale in New York

Sandra, an awesome Caribbean lady, bought this jacket yesterday as we were setting up our Blackfly booth at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn.   It was a busy day with lots of sells and orders. We are here for two more days.

Blackfly in New York

We are proud to announce that we will be participating in the 44th International African Arts Festival in New York. We’ll be selling our bags in up-cycled leather as well as a number of unique one-of-a-kind dresses, skirts and jackets in wax print fabric and batik. Meet us in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn July […]

Batik by the Crazies

– The crazies are out of the hospital. That’s what Upendo – expert batik maker in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam – said about our “freestyle” techniques of applying wax by hand in various imaginative ways, patterns and layers, as she taught me and Polish artist Ewa Kolkuska about her craft.  We experimented for two long days with sponge stamps, brushes and dyes. […]


After winding through the labyrinth passages of popular TOI market in Nairobi, hidden behind Adam’s Arcade, you will find Ruth Abade. The workshop for Black Fly, Ruth’s fashion business is a beautiful sort of chaos characterized by recycled African fabrics ready to be prototyped and crafted into exquisite accessories and designer wear. With imagination, finesse, […]

Fashion show

Blackfly participated in a charity fashion show and fair by the diplomatic spouses association at the French ambassador’s residence on the 4th of October. Our collection was inspired by the traditional clothes that the Barabaig people in Tanzania make. We also showcased our new designs, clutch bags and sleeves, which were well received.  

Makatube Island

Yesterday we went to Makatube Island just outside Dar es Salaam with our latest clutch bags/tablet sleeves/pouches. Products in this post: Makatube sleeves in small and medium size. Bobea clutch bag Kipenzi wallet Makatube Island trips can be organised by Kudura Mgeni. Photos by Lars

Blackfly in Style.com

  Style.com/arabia has an article about “The Burgeoning Fashion Landscape in Kenya“, with a nice mention of Blackfly:   Kenya’s fashion scene is a colorful boom of vibrancy within every social stratus imaginable, from studios in the hustle of Nairobi’s bustling street markets, to glamorous stores and fashion houses all over the capital’s wealthier districts. However, it […]