A chance encounter in 2010 inspired Hamidou Diallo, of Guinean origin, and Tuulia Makinen Diallo, of Finnish origin, to combine their two distinct cultural heritages in one very unique collaboration. First inspired by Hamidou's mother, an indigo dye artist for more than 40 years, Tensira was founded and named after a small village that is known for its centuries-old specialties, indigo dying and weaving. The brand continues to incorporate the traditions of Finnish design in its production, based in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa.
These lovely treasures are made by hand in the Tensira workshops of Guinea, West Africa, from 100% hand-spun, hand-woven, and hand-dyed cotton, then filled with soft, airy hand-shelled fibers of the indigenous Kopak tree. Some variations in fabric color will be present. The Kapok fiber filling is very soft and sometimes makes a pleasant crunchy sound.