The story of S/S '21
Our S/S ‘21 collection is the first juncture to lift off into what we see the Maru woman to be - she's a dreamer above everything, but still she stays grounded. Her footing anchored softly in our brown sands, with enough headroom to wander. The sands of Botswana to her, are ethereal. Mosadi wa Maru - a woman of the Clouds, trusts in the strength of womanship. It’s depending on her might to build mine. Allowing me to dream while she keeps us steady in her grounding. Growing in my power while she renews hers. Interchanging our energies, transversing the planes, in a shared spotlight.
Made to be worn everywhere and every way beneath them. Every piece in this collection has been ascribed to the beautiful names we’ve been given in Setswana. Many are named after women who are held close to Maru. Gofaone which is the name given to our knot bag, is the name of a dear friend to Maru and soon to be mother of Something Sincere - sustainable decor, celebrating African heritage, who we look to for support in the growth of Maru. "Gofaone" means "It is He above the clouds who gives" in Setswana.
Batswana people dwell within Southern Africa between Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia by effect of colonisation and migration, and further to the US , UK and beyond - fostering the Batswana diaspora. This is chronicled in Marus collections too.
The fabrics used to create this collection are all organic and have been carefully constructed by local craftspeople, in linen, rayon and cotton. These natural fabrics allow our bodies that carry garments, to breathe, and the earth to, too. They’re light and airy, with touch to structure in its lines. Each piece is made to be worn interchangeably with one another, plain or adorned.
Tsamaya le rona ko tlase ga maru!
Journey with us beneath the clouds!