Dokmai had been founded in 2014 as a private, family owned limited company by Mrs UMUNYANA Bernadette Dokmai is a newcomer in Rwanda, but the company has its roots in Laos.
For 8 years Dokmai produced Fair Trade handmade goods, specializing in hand-woven and naturally dyed silk products following both traditional styles and en vogue fashion. In 2014, Bernadette Umunyana left South East Asia and decided to restart a new handicraft business aiming at attracting the attention of the international community for the beauty of Rwanda in promoting exquisite handicraft products inspired by the splendor of the country of a thousand hills. After a survey of the existing local handicraft market and of potential opportunities and niches Umunyana decided that the leather fashion sector was most promising to attract local and also international customers.
Today, Dokmai Rwanda is pushing forward a “Made in Rwanda” aesthetic by working with local artisan using local raw materials Our products are handmade with passion in Rwanda by skilled and highly motivated female and male leather craftspeople, most of whom trained in-house and on the job.. Our objectives are: To provide our customers with a one of-a-kind product that is made to last. To establish “Made in Rwanda” as internationally recognized label for high quality standards and value for money.
To create jobs in gender inclusive, nondiscriminatory manner with a special attention to unemployed young people to be trained on-the-job. DOKMAI Rwanda adheres to the principles of WOMEN EMPOWERMENT, FAIR TRADE, and entrepreneurial social and environmental responsibility. Leather used by DOKMAI RWanda meets the EU REACH directive with regard to toxic chemical residues. Our PINATEX product series and our eco leather line do not contain elements of animal origin and meet the expectations of customers with a vegan live style worried of animal welfare.
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