Umva [oom-vah] means “listen” in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda.
Rwanda ~ one4one is working with families in Rwanda to improve their way of life through Umva, a natural dye project. Earning income brings empowerment, hope and freedom from poverty, which in turn raises others up from poverty, causing a ripple effect that makes a difference to more Rwandans. Umva is a blossoming opportunity for the families, in which they are taking immense pride and care in nurturing its success. The ladies of Umva welcome the opportunity to learn the craft of natural dyeing and how to apply it to cloth. Their gorgeous finished pieces speak to their determination to earn income so they can feed and care for their family members.
When you purchase an Umva textile you are providing Rwanda~one4one’s family direct income, pride, hope and a brighter future. Wear Umva and make a beautiful difference.
The textiles created by Umva, using exquisite fine wools and silks, are naturally dyed with plants in Rwanda. Hand dyed using their knowledge of Rwanda’s indigenous plants, Umva ladies create these one of a kind pieces. Through fair trade, via Rwanda ~one4one, the textiles are offered for sale with net proceeds returned to the ladies as income. This income is vital to them and each purchase brings pride, joy and hope to their lives.
Fair trade textiles naturally dyed with plants from Rwanda
Umva! Your Umva purchase makes a beautiful difference!
It is with immense pride that I introduce Umva to you. By sharing with them my knowledge of natural dyeing and the ongoing dye plant research in Rwanda through INES University, Musanze, Rwanda, the ladies of Umva are creating truly magnificent work. The dye process is sustainable, the work is fair trade, the textiles are elegant and the ladies are natural artists. Wear Umva, you’ll love it!
Nancy Zeller, Founder, Rwanda-one4one
100% fine wool gauze wraps
Caring for your Umva wrap:
Gently soak in lukewarm water
with a very gentle suitable wool soap.
We recommend Unicorn.
Free sample included with your order.
Available in our online store.
Soak for 5 minutes, gently hand rinse,
squeeze out, hang dry.
Kind Words from Umva Customers
I love mine SO much!!! The fabric, the pattern, the colors, and mostly the provenance are all beautiful and inspiring. I unconditionally recommend these as gifts for that person who deserves something truly special. ~ Jennie
I purchased 3 wool shawls for gifts and am having a hard time parting with them. They are made of a fine, soft, springy wool with such a light hand. The leaf print creates a very subtle pattern. I was struck by the colors, such deep earth colors. So lovely. Their work is beautiful, and it is making a profound difference in the lives of these Rwandan women. ~ Helen
When I unfurled my Umva wrap, I gasped. The colors are even more beautiful and vibrant than the pictures portray. I love wearing it, and I’ve draped it in loops over a plain linen dress for a fancy dinner out and tossed it over my shoulders on a chilly evening as I run out to the grocery store. This gorgeous piece will be a central part of my ethical elegance wardrobe project for years to come! ~ Beverly
My Umva wrap is a thing of beauty. Soft, luxurious wool that I can melt into. Every time I look at it I marvel at the care and crafts-womanship that went into it’s creation. It is all the more special to me because I know that by my purchase a family is creating an income they would otherwise not have. Umva is more than products, it’s a story, about Rwanda and about a family of women and I feel it’s important to share. So important that I bought another as a gift. I hope you will too. ~ Corrine
My beautiful wrap arrived in the mail and I love it so much! The colors are so rich and it looks wonderful on me! I took it to my class to show all of my friends today and it was met with many, many compliments. Murakoze cyaneee, UMVA! ~ Manise
I just received a gold/gray (w/rust/green) and indigo ~ colors that will span the seasons for me ~ just beautiful ~ Maryann
Umva retail partners
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
La Locanda BnB, Musanze, Rwanda
Logo design by Therese Swift-Hahn of Bella Scrittura calligraphy and design. www.bellascrittura.com