Tensira’s fabrics are 100% cotton, spun, woven and dyed by hand in our workshop in West Africa
Tensira was founded in 2010 from an encounter between Hamidou Diallo, Guinean origin and Tuulia Makinen Diallo, Finnish origin.
TENSIRA is an unique expression of centuries-old Guinean know-how of weaving and indigo dying and Nordic design.
Hamidou’s mother was an indigo dye artist for more 40 years at the Prefecture of Mali in Guinea. She was his first source of inspiration to create TENSIRA.
Our core value is to promote sustainable production, respect for environment and people as well as guarantee a safe and fair work environment for all our collaborators.« Excluded from globalization, African crafts risk to disappear. My goal is to highlight this craftsmanship and develop a market for this unique know-how which has been passed on from generation to generation ». Hamidou Diallo
Tuulia Makinen Diallo
Tuulia, of Finnish origin, graduated from Mod’Spe Paris in textile product management
She started her career in the fashion business at Jean Paul Gaultier in New York and then pursued her career in the Tod’s group, at Roger Vivier in Paris.
Tuulia creates two collections a year, each collection has a specific thematic. « I keep a sketch book all year around. We have a timeless and universal style, all our fabrics mix perfectly together.
We want to create to our clients products that are magnificent to all aspects: make them dream and feel good! “
Of Guinean origin, Hamidou speaks four languages fluently, strong experience of more 10 years in the business,
Hamidou has a degree in Marketing from Jyväskylä University in Finland and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Paris XII.
Hamidou always grew up in the artisanal environment. His mother was an indigo dye artist for more than 40 years in Guinea, she was the first inspiration for the creation of TENSIRA.
In 2018, TENSIRA acquired a former hotel complex of more than 4500 m2 near Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea. This beautiful space has been completely renovated to be suitable for TENSIRA's production. The main activities of the workshop are weaving, dyeing, making and trimming products with a 100% natural fiber. Today, the workshop has more than 100 full-time employees.
All fabrics are 100% cotton made with traditional looms. One meter of fabric is composed of more than 3000 hand-dyed and hand-woven yarns.
All our fabrics are reused in a zero-waste perspective. The manufacturing and dyeing team is mainly composed of women. TENSIRA also collaborates with several dozen groups of artisans throughout Guinea for weaving and natural indigo dyeing.
We offer all our employees excellent working conditions. TENSIRA has established a very precise quality control charter to guarantee the best quality of work.