In the heart of Kenya is a growing eco fashion brand that is dedicated to supporting ethical and sustainable sourcing, production and design. Kapoeta designs is a luxury collection of handmade feather jewelry and accessories where each unique feather piece beautifully combines edgy, extravagant and elegant.
This African eco- fashion brand is the product of a fascination with tribal cultures and a love for the environment. The founder, Ambica grew up in Kenya with her family of entrepreneurs and spent most of her childhood going on safaris where she developed a deep fondness for nature and its vivid colours. At a young age, she found herself roaming the local markets in search of antique jewelry and one-of-a kind pieces.
Her unique taste for jewelry steeped in culture and their unique forms of self-expression, led her to seek adventures across borders. Between her travels, she started noticing the simple, exquisite beauty of a single feather. Her sojourn into the fashion of feathers began with malted feathers, which she collected from bird sanctuaries and abandoned gardens in India, which were then up-cycled into fashionable accessories.
Feather fashion sprang to life and she named it Kapoeta Designs.
The name Kapoeta (pronounced ‘Ka-po-eh-tah’) comes from South Sudan, a place that conveys mystical and magical elements. It is a reflection of Ambica’s work that embodies a sense of free spirited nature that transcends borders.
Today she sources her feathers, beads and leather from local Kenyan entrepreneurs with a vision for supporting local communities.
The conservation of the birds from where she draws her inspiration is even more important to her and she is currently joining hands with local organizations dedicated to reforestation, thus helping increase bird habitat.
At the moment, Kapoeta Designs is considered one of Kenya’s most progressive up-and-coming brands.