Bijoux ni moja ya wabunifu tulio nao Nchini ambao wapo tofauti kabisa, ikiwa wengi wame base kwenye mavazi ya sherehe na wengine wakiwa kwenye material za kizungu yeye anafanya batiki na mavazi ya ni ya day wear, hivi karibuni tumemuona mwanamziki Ali Kiba akiwa amevalia mavazi kutoka kwa mbunifu huyu tukaona kwanini tusimtafute akatuambia ilikuwaje wakafanya kazi pamoja?
AFS: Tulivutiwa sana na the piece aliovaa Alikiba, unaweza tuelezea how did that collaboration happen?
Bijoux: Alikiba connection was through a good friend of mine Vaazi the Stylist who I’ve worked with on multiple projects. His the one that connected us to dress Alikiba. He wore our unisex travel set which is one of our best sellers.
AFS: Ilikuaje kufanya kazi na Kiba je ni mtu rahisi kufanya nae kazi au mgumu?
Bijoux: One great thing about Alikiba is his love for fashion and openness to experiment with his style. I was filled with great joy to see him wearing one of our designs and to also hear he wore the set on a show of his in Kahama. I don’t know him personally so it’s difficult to say if his an easy person to work with.
AFS: Response ya Tanzanian celebrities katika supporting our very own Tanzanian designers ikoje?
Bijoux: I haven’t worked with alot of celebrities as they need so much convincing before working with local brands. They tend to ignore at first and only reach out once they have seen there fellow celebrities wear something by us.
I’d love to work with Tz celebrities as long as I’m sure he/she will add add significant value to our brand and growth. I’ve worked on collaborative project with the likes of Osse (well known TZ photographer) and Jokate and the outcome was extremely positive and encouraging.
AFS: The tye and die ama batiki flavor in your designs is very unique and very Bijoux, kipi kiliku-inspire katika kufuata mkondo huo wa ubunifu.
Bijoux: Batik is something I’ve always been passionate about. I knew in the near future, I wanted to turn into a business venture. There have been many high street brands & luxury brands that now make tie&dye clothing. Dior, Stella McCartney, Marni, Semsem, Fabiana and many other clothing giants.
However, I always felt like as an African who has been around batik & tie&dye, I could contribute to the fashion industry. So I came up with a business model that focuses on batik, but uses sustainable resources and has the element of “handmade with love & passion”.
With my brand, you can trace the fabrics that is used. Batik is also made in small batches, so alot of emphasis is made on the craftsmanship of the prints and designs. And finally, our tailors also sew all the clothing, and ensure each piece is made to perfection.
So my inspiration behind this creative process was to bring elements of sustainability, craftsmanship, quality & artistic.
AFS: Je response ya ordinary Tanzanians katika supporting Tanzanian brands mfano wewe Bijoux unaionaje? Na kipi kinakosekana na kifanyike katika kupromote our Tanzanian talents
Bijoux: I would firstly like to thank everyone who has done a collaboration with us. It’s truly been a joy to work with many individuals from politicians, singers, content creators and models. We thankfully have had the opportunity to bring many designs to existence because of these individuals.
AFS: Je tutegemee collaboration nyingine kati ya Bijoux na mtu maarufu mkubwa Tanzania?
Bijoux: In the future, I’d love to work In the future I would love to work with some politicians and international celebs
AFS: Chochote ambacho ungependa kuwaambia wa-Tanzania
Bijoux: I would love to advice Tanzanians to follow their dreams. It may seem like a mainstream statement, but it weighs so much. If someone would tell me 15 years ago that this would be my life, I wouldn’t believe it.
Take your time, explore and learn different skills. We’re so blessed to be in a country that is constantly growing. We see culture and inspiration all around us. There isn’t any dream that can’t be changed to reality. So go, live your dreams!
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