Malaika (which means ‘Angels’ in Arabic) was founded in 2004 by Margarita Andrade and Goya Gallagher who, after growing up in their native Ecuador, found themselves living and settling in Egypt. With a background in design and a keen interest in hand techniques such as embroidery, crochet and hand-drawn thread work they decided to utilize Egyptian cotton to produce top quality bed linens previously not available in the local market.
Malaika’s line reflects the passion for handmade items of both of its founders with an emphasis on quality and “social responsibility”. The collections aim to encompass a range of individual bed linen needs, from classic, delicate hand embroidery to simple contemporary designs. At the top range is the luxury collection, which revives ancient hand-drawn thread crafting techniques to create a distinct Malaika style.
At the heart of its business model Malaika focuses on teaching hand embroidery to local women giving them a chance to learn a valuable skill and improve their economic standing. Since the inauguration of its first line in 2004 Malaika has expanded its business dramatically and is proudly producing luxury bed linen with the confidence that they are able to deliver a quality product, whilst empowering the lives of many women.
Egyptian cotton is world renowned due to its very long staple that when woven produces a fine, smooth fabric. The finer the threads, the higher the thread count possible. Thread count is the number of threads woven in one square inch of fabric, and is an important factor in indicating high quality bed linen fabric. Additionally, it becomes softer after every wash, and as Egyptian cotton produces less lint, it does not pill after repeated washing either.
A variety of Malaika linen designs are now available at Jam Space,118 Fulham Road, London.