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Sustainable, handwoven clothing that celebrates craftsmanship and supports children's education.
Sustainable, handwoven clothing that celebrates craftsmanship and supports children's education.
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The tradition of making mud cloth in Mali dates back to the 12th century when artisans began dyeing cotton in a bath full of leaves and branches from different plants, each giving out a unique color. The indigofera plant for blue, hibiscus flower for red, and m’peku tree bark for orange. In the Malian language of Bambara, mud cloth is called bògòlanfini - bògò (earth) lan (with) fini (cloth).

For our new Mali Collection we have partnered with Masicorp, a non-profit organization that believes that the surest route out of poverty is education. 

 For our Kickstarter backers we have designed exclusive reward packs. As early birds, you'll be able to purchase our jackets and tunics for up to a 35% of discount before we launch them to the market.  

We'll throw in a reusable 100% organic cotton tote bag with every order. 


Valentina and Diego founded Utamu in May 2018 while traveling around East Africa, after volunteering at a sustainable farming project. Diego was raised all around the world and has lived in countries affected by widespread poverty, disaster threats and rampant corruption. Valentina grew up in Italy, where her father owned a clothing brand, teaching her early on the importance of using sustainable materials to protect ourselves and the environment.

Diego’s love for craftsmanship and purpose-driven business, and Valentina’s dream to help create a more ethical and sustainable industry through education, are the driving forces behind Utamu.

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Check our FAQs at the top of the page, chat to us on Messenger, or send us an email at hello@utamu.shop. We're happy to help :)

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges we have faced has been finding suppliers that are in line with our brand values and that can accept smaller orders. We have invested time in vetting multiple potential suppliers before finding the right one.

Another challenge has been positioning ourselves in the fashion market as a design-focused and purpose-driven brand. We are still trying to find a balance between these two aspects of our brand and learning how to communicate our story in order to create value for our customers.

Our team has spent over a year building this project from the ground up. We are fully committed to carrying out this project successfully and delivering the jackets and tunics on time.

While there may be occasional unforeseen events in the supply chain that are out of our control, we have carefully vetted our manufacturing and logistics partners and are confident in their capabilities.

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    1 Utamu Women's Tunic - Early Bird

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    With this order you save 33% ($81) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Tunic will be $240.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR TUNIC

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 1 Utamu Women's Tunic
    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    1 Utamu Women's Tunic - KS Special

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    With this order you save 30% ($71) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Tunic will be $240.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR TUNIC

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    1 Utamu Unisex Bomber - Early Bird

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    With this order you save 33% ($85) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Bomber will be $260.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOMBER

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    • 1 Utamu Unisex Bomber
    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    1 Utamu Women's Jacket - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 33% ($85) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Jacket will be $260.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JACKET

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    • 1 Utamu Women's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    1 Utamu Men's Jacket - Early Bird

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    With this order you save 33% ($85) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Jacket will be $260.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JACKET

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    1 Utamu Unisex Bomber - KS Special

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 29% ($75) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Bomber will be $260.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOMBER

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    Pledge US$ 185 or more About US$ 185

    1 Utamu Women's Jacket - KS Special

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 29% ($75) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Jacket will be $260.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JACKET

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 1 Utamu Women's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Tote Bag
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    2 Utamu Women's Tunics - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 35% ($168) since the retail price for 2 Utamu Tunics will be $240 x 2 = $480.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR TUNICS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 2 Utamu Women's Tunics
    • 2 Utamu Tote Bags
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    Utamu Couple's Package - Early Bird

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    With this order you save 35% ($175) since the retail price for 1 Utamu Bomber or Jacket and 1 Utamu Tunic will be $260 + $240 = $500.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRODUCTS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 1 Utamu Bomber or Jacket (Women's or Men's)
    • 1 Utamu Women's Tunic
    • 2 Utamu Tote Bags
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    2 Utamu Unisex Bombers - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 35% ($182) since the retail price for 2 Utamu Bombers will be $260 x 2 = $520.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BOMBERS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

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    2 Utamu Men's Jackets - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 35% ($182) since the retail price for 2 Utamu Jackets will be $260 x 2 = $520.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JACKETS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 2 Utamu Men's Jackets
    • 2 Utamu Tote Bags
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    2 Utamu Women's Jackets - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 35% ($182) since the retail price for 2 Utamu Jackets will be $260 x 2 = $520.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR JACKETS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 2 Utamu Women's Jackets
    • 2 Utamu Tote Bags
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    Utamu Retail Package - Early Bird

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 40% ($512) since the retail price for these 5 Utamu products will be ($260 x 4) + $240 = $1280.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRODUCTS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 2 Utamu Unisex Bombers
    • 1 Utamu Women's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Men's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Women's Tunic
    • 5 Utamu Tote Bags
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    Utamu Retail Package - KS Special

    A conversation starter on your back...

    With this order you save 38% ($486) since the retail price for these 5 Utamu products will be ($260 x 4) + $240 = $1280.

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRODUCTS

    We'll email you a survey after the campaign to get your pattern, size and shipping preferences. Shipping will be charged after the campaign ends (see FAQs for details).

    Includes:
    • 2 Utamu Unisex Bombers
    • 1 Utamu Women's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Men's Jacket
    • 1 Utamu Women's Tunic
    • 5 Utamu Tote Bags
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Funding period

- (30 days)