“Our passion for fashion started when we were kids growing up in the Mozambican town of Chicuque. On Christmas and our birthdays our mother always took us to the informal markets where second hand clothes from Europe and the US were being resold and allowed us to choose clothes for ourselves. These clothes were the only clothes that our family could afford. Through small alterations of the clothes that the tailors in the markets could do we were able to turn old dresses into new designs. Later on, we were fortunate to get two scholarships to complete our university education in South Africa where we got inspired by different designs and developed new ideas of how new African fashion should look like. Today we are back in the Mozambican capital Maputo, mostly roaming around informal markets after work to find the best pieces of clothes to redesign and recycle.

 

We met a Swedish designer Amanda Ericsson, with the exhibition “ the life of a dress “ . We took inspiration to create our brand in 2012. Working from our home studio in Maputo we started our upcycling brand, Mima-te.” -Nelly and Nelsa Guambe

 
 

 

 
Getting to Know the Inspiring Young Fashion Designers Behind Mima-te
 
Nelly and Nelsa Guambe introduce us to their world in Maputo, Mozambique. The sisters share where they source their material and why they recycle clothing for their design label, Mima-te.
 

 

 

Finding Fashion Inspiration at a Mozambique Market
 
Nelly and Nelsa Guambe are headed to the local market to find one more dress they can remake for their fashion show. After searching for the perfect garment all day, they head back to finalize the design and tailor it for the runway.
 

 

 

A Runway Show Made Entirely of Upcycled Fashion
 
The Guambe sisters had a goal: to create sustainable, beautiful clothing that make women look good while being good to the world they live in. At Mima-te’s fashion show, they revealed a collection of upcycled dresses that was so well received it caught the attention of local papers, European publications, and radio shows. This powerful trend of taking discarded items and making them desirable again proves that anyone can create change.
 

 

 

Photos:  Sarah Rubensdoerffer Ab Oosterwaal, Tim Vast, Max Krueger

 

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