About this project
Puka Wear creates comfortable clothes for yoga and everyday use. All our garments are made out of colorful fabrics with an African design, printed on stretchy GOTS certified organic cotton for your comfort.
The founder, Maya Santimano, created Puka Wear because she wanted to express her soul and her identity to the world. With roots in Sweden, Mozambique, and India, Puka Wear is an expression of her and her story. We call it "The practice of India in the colors of Africa".
With the abundance of beautiful textile art on the African continent, Puka Wear wants to empower women to walk their own path in life and to truly express their core self.
In the Papaya Puka Print leggings you truly stand out. It is a crazy and fun print for the days when you feel especially playful.
The Karingana Print was inspired by the ocean. It is fresh and sensual while the kaleidoscope-pattern looks flattering on your body.
The symmetrical Zavala print brings the mind to a state of meditation and growth. Put these on and go deep within yourself.
With our collaborating partner and producer, we have worked together on location in Portugal to create leggings that are both stretchy, soft, and conscious in choices of material. Our leggings are proudly made in northern Portugal from GOTS certified organic cotton.
The beautiful African designs that adorn Puka Wear's clothes are made exclusively for us. On the "african print" market, many designs flourish made by skilled designers. Unfortunately, many counterfeits are also found and so it was extra important for us to work together with the designers, designing directly for and with us.
For us, transparency is of outmost importance and we want to bring forward the amazing designers that we collaborate with. The beauty of this world is meant to be shared with everyone!
It is therefore with great pride that we present our collaborating design partner Karingana wa Karingana, run by Wacy and Djamila based in Maputo, Mozambique.
We first met with Wacy and Djamila in Maputo in October 2015 when Maya was traveling to Mozambique, building the founding structure of Puka Wear. We realized that we had a shared passion for spreading the unique aesthetics of the African continent to the world, and that's where it started.
Within me lies the cultures of Sweden, Mozambique, and India. In my heart I feel the deep, thick forests of Sweden, I dance to the rhythms of Mozambique, and I chant to the Indian prayers.
Today I stand firmly on the ground and feel the strength from within, expressing what is me. But it was not always easy.
My life is not much different from yours. I followed the path that I thought was given me and with expectations from myself and society I continued walking, never really asking why.
With the profound power that lies within the practice of yoga, I started to become aware of myself and my thoughts. On the yoga mat we take a closer look at ourselves, we see patterns and become conscious of how we behave towards ourselves and others. From the first day I stood on the yoga mat, everything was changed and I started walking a new path in life. My path.
Risks and challenges
To minimize setbacks we have for the last year laid the ground for what is to come. We have a close relationship with our partners and they have our fullest trust in delivering beautiful products.
But just like life, not everything always goes as planned. Though very unlikely, deliveries can take longer than expected but we will be in contact with you and do everything possible to bring them to you as soon as possible.
All we need now is your help, and then we will do everything we can to bring you your African print leggies!
Here is the timeline for expected delivery of your prints:
Kickstarter campaign is funded!!!
20 days for transfer of funds
1 week: You will choose your prints, size and provide mailing info.
2-3 months: Puka Wear's leggings are cut and sewn
1 week: The leggings are delivered and flying all over the world!
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