Meet the Team
Ruth has a degree in Industrial Design from Nairobi University. She learned about all kinds of traditional crafts in a project that was developing prototypes together with traditional “jua kali” artisans in Nairobi. She then spent a year in Italy learning leather bag design at Scuola del Cuio in Florence before starting Blackfly Designs in Nairobi in 2012.
I started Blackfly by designing jackets for women from african print fabric. I had them made in my own studio at Adams Arcade in Nairobi with a team of three. Soon we had accumulated a colourful mosaic of cut out pieces of fabric. From these spill pieces I first made skirts and now all kinds of accessories. I recycle leather from old jackets, and buttons, zips and buckles from mitumba, second hand clothes. I collaborate with a number of skilled artisans in Nairobi and its environs. Our customers appreciate how each of our items is unique and handmade with great attention to detail.
Read more about Ruth in this interview for Biashara.