Many people are curious to know the story behind our name Dsenyo (dee-sen-yo). As a child of the American melting-pot I was born to a Cuban mother and an American, Scotish-raised Father. I grew up in Colorado hearing my mother and grandmother speak Spanish. While I had always been proud of my Cuban heritage, I developed a stronger identity with it after living in both Santiago de Chile and Miami, Florida. Chile offered me a greater command of the Spanish language, my grandmother was proud because I returned speaking "Castellano" (castillian spanish). Living in Miami, surrounded by my large Cuban extended family I couldn't help feeling closer to that side of me.
Our name is derived from the word "Diseño" meaning design in the spanish language. We spell it Dsenyo for the company, primarily to help non-spanish speakers pronounce the word correctly. The word DESIGN is important to me and the company for several reasons. First, I started Dsenyo after working as a fine artist for several years and after living in Malawi, Africa. While a central part of my inspiration for starting the company was and is to create stable employment for women as a way out of poverty, I was also inspired to share the art of African textile DESIGN with women in the West. I love functional art. It is a gift to be able to incorporate artistic expression into our daily lives through things as simple as tea pots and handbags. Dsenyo will always commit to not only creating social and environmental value with our products, but will also add new artistic design to our world. Dsenyo's value of artistic excellence through fashion DESIGN and African textile DESIGN is at the core of who we are.
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