Our shuka fabric is made in the community of Ruiru, just north of Kenya's capital, where our partners have been weaving it since 1979. The vibrant colours signify bravery, strength and unity; adorning the shoulders of the Masai tribe for generations. Each collection we create is always, at its core, a celebration of the raw beauty behind the shuka textile + the Masai people it represents. This is integral to who we are as a brand, and we hope that with every purchase we can inspire with the story behind the shuka.
Our shuka is an acrylic blend, meaning it has the softness of wool but some added durability and anti-shrinkage properties from the acrylic. Below are some tips to ensure you maximum longevity from your Collective Closets piece.
If using a washing machine, ideally you would wash in cold water on a wool or gentle cycle, using mild detergent or even wool-specific soap (we love the one from Soapclub). Hand washing is a failsafe option- here are some general instructions to help with the process. Because it's a wool blend it is okay to hang out to dry, but if you are concerned it is best to leave the garment to dry flat out of direct sunlight.
Running any comb/brush like these ones (pictured below) over the area should clear off any pilling. Pilling is when tiny balls of fluff form in areas of fabric that experience more abrasion. Seasonal storage is also a great idea if you have a piece you know you won't be needing for a while. A cloth storage bags or plastic bins can prevent