Our mission

A note from the founder

I started Kannava because I want to try and change the conversation around refugees and shine a light on some of the forgotten camps that have existed for decades. I saw how refugees can be excluded from society, forcing them to rely on severely overstretched charities. I want Kannava to be a celebration of refugees, of their rich cultures and incredible talents that deserve recognition. I come from a family of refugees and strongly believe that we should look beyond the label of ‘refugee’ and help preserve part of their history and identity.

I hope the incredible craftsmanship in each of our pieces is a testament to the talents of the women we work with. I have spent time with them, I admire them as artists, and consider them friends. I am in awe of their hardiness, of their ability to raise children in the camps, and even those that have lived in the camps for most of their lives, their incredible warmth, hospitality, their dreams, hopes, desires and most importantly belief, that they can, with the right opportunities, change their lives and that of their family for the better.

We believe fashion can be a powerful force for social change.

Every purchase from Kannava helps change the stories of these women, their family and children’s education.

Our stitches change stories.