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TENSIRA Made in Africa

Tensira Made in Africa

“Excluded from globalization, African crafts risk to disappear. It’s important to propose a market for this unique know-how which has been passed on from generation to generation.”
Hamidou Diallo

Tensira’s designs and crafts originate from the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. Named after a small village known for its specialisation in the dyeing of indigo, all Tensira’s products are 100% cotton, hand-spun, hand-woven and hand-dyed in our workshops.

In 2010, husband and wife team Hamidou Diallo and Tuulia Makinen Diallo created Tensira – a company that offers upscale home linen and fashion accessories. What makes their products unique is the fusion between Nordic design and traditional West-African craftsmanship.

Tensira’s goal is to create long-lasting employment for West-African craft communities.

Tensira Made in Africa

Tuulia Makinen

Artistic Manager & co-founder.
A native of Finland, Tuulia is the Artistic Manager of Tensira. She graduated from the Fashion Business School ‘Mod’ Spe Paris’, and started her career at Jean Paul Gaultier in New York. From there, she pursued her career at Tod’s group, with Roger Vivier in Paris. Tensira has two collections a year and Tuulia gets her inspiration from all her experiences:
“Tensira has a specific theme for each of their collections. She inspires from the architecture and art exhibitions in Paris. There is always something new brought to each collection, but also at the same time our style stays very timeless and classic.”

Hamidou Diallo

Manager & co-founder.
Originally from Guinea, Hamidou speaks four languages fluently. With more than 10 years of business experience, he graduated from the university of Jyväskylä in Finland, in Business Administration. He also has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Paris XII. Hamidou’s mother was an artisanal indigo dyer for more than 40 years in Guinea, and is a source of inspiration for founding Tensira.

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Workshop

Tensira’s first workshop was opened in June 2011. A new workshop of 3,000m2 is due to open in 2017. The workshop is managed by Aliou Diallo, an engineer and Hamidou’s younger brother.

The main activities of the workshop are: Weaving, dyeing, sewing and filling the Kapok products. Today, the workshop has more than 40 full-time collaborators. Tensira also collaborates with dozens of independent craftsmen for the weaving, indigo dying  and Kapok shelling.

We offer all our collaborators excellent working conditions.

Tensira has established a very precise quality control charter in order to guarantee the best quality.