Our items are investment pieces intended to be worn and loved for years. Durable clothing promotes sustainable living, both in caring for the environment and improving our quality of life. Every Iwacu item is made out of hand-picked, limited edition fabric or are one-of-a-kind.
All garments are made with 100% African print cotton, so they’re breathable and durable. We source all our fabric from Rwandan markets. We reserve wax prints—which are stiffer and bolder in color—for our custom-made items.
African print cotton is not the same as American cotton. It feels a bit stiffer and more structured (which makes it great for Iwacu coats), is processed differently, and requires different care.
Cotton PrintsTo preserve the longevity and integrity of your Iwacu garments, we recommend dry cleaning and steaming our cotton prints. However, you may also hand wash the clothing with cold water and hang to dry. Iron on low to medium heat.
While our fabric is soft and comfortable, it is does not stretch. We have sizing charts for each item to help you select the best fit. We also sew most pieces with a little extra space in the waist and add extra length so that we/ you can alter your item to your liking.
Everything from Iwacu Boutique is ethically made by Rwandan tailors who are specially trained and receive a fair wage. We believe ethically-made clothing is the only way to be sustainable, so we consider our workers and the environment in everything we do and create. We stand for quality, honesty, beauty, hard work, and creating employment opportunities for those in need.
Iwacu women have great style and seek out unique, luxurious garments that are made to last. Our community believes they can have it all, do it all, and pay it forward by spending their hard-earned money on ethically-made clothes.
We strive to use all the resources we have at hand, including locally sourced fabric and labor. To minimize waste, we never throw away fabric scraps. Instead, we use them to create earrings, pillowcases, aprons, or napkins, or even upholster furniture.
We also participate in the Rwandan tradition of Umuganda—every last Saturday of the month, we clean our neighborhood and public roads so that our shared spaces are better for everyone.