(photo by Muneek)
Mamayashi creates original designs, which allow for culturally aware, regally confident people to wear their declarations of freedom and sovereignty everyday. She creates clothing because she believes that one of the ways we contribute energies to the society and the universe is through the way we dress.
Creating and designing clothing have always intrigued Mamayashi. She grew up in Jamaica under the protective care of a strong and determined mother, while watching her father work as an impeccable and well-respected tailor. Her journey evolved from crafting dolls' clothing at her father's shop to making revamping her adolescent clothing. Even without a sewing machine to put them together, she'd use ties, glue, tape, even staples! The acquisition of a vintage sewing machine during her college years in the U.S. was the first key that opened doors for her to use her clothing design skills for campus events, parties and cultural celebrations. It was only as she nurtured her first born and watched him crawl towards his own independence, was she then ready to turn her passion into her profession. Inspired by the encouragement and support of like-minded sistrens, she began to share her textile expressions with the world.
Her designs are heavily influenced by her love for Africa and the Rastafari journey. They reflect her values for natural creativity and growth, they also give honor to the African-minded leaders who have inspired her. Mamayashi’s daily mantra is one of humility and gratuity. She uses her work to bridge our ancestral history to our modern life.
Mamayashi has been honored to clothe local and international celebrities in her designs. Her creations have been featured at major events and in popular media publications. However, nothing delights her more than sending her handmade garments all over the world, to Queens and Kings like you.