I've spent a lot of time recently thinking I'd quite like to remove my Facebook account. I think it makes us lazy. We think, 'oh, it's ok we're still connected on Facebook, no need to get in touch' but I feel like we are losing real relationships with people. We don't stop and think how people are these days, instead we think if we're still connected on social media then all is ok. But every now and then Facebook is so annoyingly useful - like in this instance when a Facebook friend, Jan, shared a photo of some beautiful rugs that caught my eye. Me being curious asked about them and it turns out Jan's daughters company, Kahoko, sells them (along with some amazing jumpers and other goods) and when I clicked on the link I got very excited indeed.
These amazing products are handmade by women who perhaps don't even know what Facebook is, because most of them don't have electricity. And instead they spend their times trying to do something positive - where they knit and weave to get by or 'dignified work'.
Kahoko works with these women in Kenya and pay them a much higher profit margin - this helps them invest in their communities futures by strengthening their education through literacy classes, providing access to family planning services and health clinics, and of course putting food on the table.
The name of the company comes from a Kenyan weed, which they use as a natural dye. This just reinforces their ethos of sustainability by giving this weed a purpose.
At the moment Kahoko is still a very new enterprise and though they have a few stockists internationally no-one is stocking them in the UK as yet but they're taking orders direct and you can email them on info at ka-hoko dot com. See their website here and I challenge you not to have a major case of Swoon going on when you see this lookbook.
Prices start from £240 for the smaller rugs and go up to about £925 for the super large ones. Custom sizes are available and you can also contact them for a price list of the sweaters. I would love to see your pics if you do invest in the future of these women and I'll share on my Instagram.
All photos in this post were shot by Luke Casey on 35mm film.
Formally Emma Gutteridge