As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design may occur.

Made In Kenya

Nurturing Kulea

Kulea means “Nurturing” in Swahili.

This paper dress collaboration is with Canadian calligrapher, Angie Bailey. Artfully scripted, this dress brings to life inspiring messages of growth and transformation.

Hope. Creativity. Empowerment. Financial freedom. This is what the paper dress represents.

Each small but mighty paper dress is a training tool made out of Kenyan corn maize flour bags. The paper dress remains unique because, although modeled after a school uniform, each dress is one-of-a-kind and handcrafted by her.

Within the folds of every single dress holds the story of a village girl who wants to create change in her future, and contributes to her community.

Frame this paper dress; a training tool transformed into a piece of art by humble, steady hands.

Approximate Sizing: 15″ x 12″ inches.

SOLD!

A minimum suggested donation of $250 will support our efforts to provide girls with a sewing machine.

Bring Kenya into your home!

Each Paper Dress Kit Includes:

  • Paper Dress
  • Kitenge & Paper Dress Zine
  • Extras: Dress Sticker + Kitenge Swatch
  • Tax-Deductible Receipt
  • Frame NOT Included

Shipping Details

$12 dollar flat rate in the USA for UPS Standard Shipping. For International Shipping - Please reach out to cindy@elimugirls.com.

Additional Donation Information

Make a donation to Elimu Girls, a non-profit founded by women empowering young girls in Kenya. Tax details will be emailed to you and your donation is tax-deductible in the US.

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Artisan Profile

Angie Bailey
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Angie believes art can heal and that every girl should have the choice and power to live her life to the fullest. She wanted to do her part in bringing awareness to this important cause. She has a great appreciation for all the beauty around her; both in art, & in nature.

As a child and young adult, she was always very creative and expressive. She taught herself calligraphy from a kit that her sisters bought her as a Birthday gift when she turned 12 years old. She believes calligraphy sparks creativity and allows you to meditate on words and phrases, and create beautiful art in the process.

“Every girl’s story matters & deserves to be heard.”

- Angie Bailey

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Meet Our Artisan Partners

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Elimu Girls class of 2019-2020 wants you to know that every purchase you make helps her buy fabric, supplies, sewing machines, and so much more. In a world where you can be anything, thank you for being kind.

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Initially, our first-year students practiced sewing patterns on recycled bags of all-purpose flour because it was less expensive than fabric. But quickly, as the miniature dresses began to adorn the college classroom, we realized these were works of art themselves. From collar to cuff link, every girl was able to touch each dress with her hands, her village, and her ingenuity.

Together, while learning the art of sewing, her story was deeply imprinted on every dress she created. It became a symbol of her struggle, her dreams, and her will to overcome. As this dress empowers her beautiful self, we wanted to have it travel from Kenya to you – and let the message of hope live on in your home.