Location of artisan makers: Democratic Republic of Congo
Duarra was founded by Manitou Nsaka, a London based journalist originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. On his travels to Kinshasa, DRC’s capital, Manitou was surprised to discover that Kuba artisans were struggling to make ends meet. And despite producing exquisite pieces of textile, the 400 year old tradition was not being passed down to the next generation as it was not seen as a viable way of earning a living. In an effort to preserve this ancient heritage, Duarra was born, connecting the Kuba artisans with a global audience and keeping the tradition alive.