In Swahili (national language used in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania in particular), Kizuri Nipé means "Give me the best".
Kizuri Nipé is the crossroads of two worlds: Europe and Africa through the association of traditional fabrics from East and South Africa to western clothing styles. The fusion of what these two continents can bring to women's fashion in order to highlight their strengths and to promote the merge of African and European clothing styles.
A little history
Originally from Kenya, Nancy Loncle has traveled through Africa, Asia and Europe for close to a decade.
Finally settling in France,she has taken advantage of the encounters made over time to appropriate her new living environment and change in lifestyle.She took the time to ripen a growing idea in her mind: the creation of her own Clothings through which she could showcase her culture of origin (African-Kenyan) and that of her country of adoption (France).
With a passion for fashion, she decided to take the plunge and set out to create Kizuri Nipé, a women's ready-to-wear brand (made in France) with fabric from in East and South Africa.
By proposing these women's ready-to-wear clothes,Kizuri Nipé looks to distinguish itself from what already exists in order to offer its customers unique products that enable them to stand out.
Kizuri Nipé also endeavours to promote a cultural aspect: the know-how of textile manufacturers in Africa, which offers a rich range of fabrics and that of French fashion designers for the production of the clothes in limited series.
This exercise will hopefully remove these fabrics from their confidentiality and offer original pieces of clothing to our customers.
Used especially in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kitenge is a 100% cotton African fabric similar to the Asian sarong. Generally, women wear it around the waist or chest, or tie it on the head like a bandana or use it as a baby sling. It is often made in brightly colored fabrics. The decoration sometimes includes a sentence written in uppercase letters. The Kitenge is called "the communicative textile" because of the different colors, motifs, scripts and symbols that represent the moods, feelings, cultures and traditions of African peoples. During holidays, jubilees, etc., specific models are designed.
This vibrant cotton fabric is printed in wax, using rotating printers. Most often, it is a dark wax print multicolored on a lighter background. The printing on the fabric is done by a traditional batik technique.
Fabric 100% cotton, shweshwe textile got its name because of its association with King Moshoeshoe I Lesotho (South Africa). The fabric was later called shoeshoe and ultimately ishweshwe. In the 1840s king Moshoeshoe I received as a gift indigo printed fabrics, which became popular among the locals. Due to its timeless popularity, the shweshwe has been described as the denim or tartan of South Africa.
This fabric is traditionally used to make Sotho dresses, skirts, aprons and wrap clothes. These shweshwe garments are traditionally worn by the newly married women of Sotho known as women of Makoti and Xhosa. Xhosa women also incorporated the fabric into their traditional ochre-colored cover clothes. Apart from traditional use, it is used in contemporary South African fashion for women and men of all ethnic groups, as well as for the manufacture of accessories.
The shweshwe has a characteristic stiffness and odor - a pleasant smell. Historically, during long voyages from the United Kingdom to South Africa, starch was used to preserve the fabric of the elements. This is what gave it its characteristic stiffness. After washing, the stiffness disappears to leave room for a beautiful fabric of soft cotton.