We’re excited to have partnered with Rock a Baby (South Africa’s most beautiful baby fair) to meet some super creative people who are making beautiful products for kids, babes and mama. These vendors will be at the fair on 27 September (diarise it now).
Meet Asma Dukanda, the creative mind behind the brand Mokopu. Makeup is one of our first stops when buying African inspired products for friends, especially for those who live overseas.
Tell us a bit about your products.
Mokopu specializes in baby clothing and products with an African identity. Our products are made locally using local fabrics. Mokopu products are designed with the intention of creating items with a modern contemporary twist and a unique identity. Thus far our range cater’s to babies and kids up to the age of 6. As we grow and develop we have added play items such as teepee’s to the original range of clothing on offer.
What inspired your business?
The business came about when I made a few items for a friends baby shower, my husband has a background in the fabric and textile industry which gave me access to a variety of fabrics. In many cases the colour, designs and quality of local fabric is in itself inspiring. In combination I saw the potential to create and Mokopu has since taken off. As a business Mokopu is still very new and I look forward to growing and developing as a business and a recognized baby brand.
How does your business fit your lifestyle?
My business works for me in that it allows me to create a work environment where I get to create, I also get to work with my husband in terms of sourcing fabric and manufacturing which works well for us. Overall it allows me an outlet that is both interesting and challenging in many ways.
What is your favourite product and why?
At present we’re working on a few new products that I’m super excited for, but one of my favourite products in the range currently is our teepee’s,iIt’s really entertaining for kids of all ages and comes in a variety of prints. Another favourite is our linen suspender shorts for boys, there’s just something special about a young man in a bowtie.
Also see Mokopu at Rock a Baby on 27 September.