One of Busega Scotland’s most exciting projects has come to fruition. Last year one of our trustees, Colin Sanders, introduced us to Knockando Woolmill Trust. The mill has been producing woollen textiles since 1784. A plan was put together to manufacture Mayega Shukas, based on a traditional African design made famous by Maasai tribesmen. Shukas are used in Africa as clothing and blankets.
The actual detail of the cloth was developed by the children at Mayega Children’s Centre, who coloured in templates provided by the mill. The cloth has been woven and shukas are now available for sale through the Knockando website – https://www.knockandowoolmill.co.uk/
The shukas are truly unique in their concept, being woollen and in a limited edition of forty. All profits will go to our work at Mayega Children’s Centre.
We would like acknowledge the support of Knockando Woolmill and students from the University of the Highlands and Islands – Moray College who developed the shuka display. Thanks also to MMS Almac who printed the display materials.
The project is a testimony to what can be achieved when diverse knowledge, skills and abilities are pulled together for a common cause, even across different continents.