Originally from Madagascar its designer Caroline Randria through Maraïna wishes to promote the know-how of Malagasy artisans and participate in the development of a fairer trade. Having lived in Paris, Singapore and now London, she actually always wanted to closely work with her country of origin and participate at her level to its economic growth. She wants to show that handcrafted products are not just some souvenirs you buy on holidays but can be beautiful quality products when good technical and design support are provided.
The art of crocheting is something innate in these artisans especially women or maybe it comes by the fact that it is one of those skills that have been passed by generation and it becomes for them very easy to master. So, Caroline wished to highlight these women talents, the art of weaving different materials and a brilliant natural material available in Madagascar, raffia to make her bags collection. Each bag is meticulously crocheted and required several working hours, sometimes days to make. For having always lived in big vibrant cities, she especially designs handbags that fit the hectic lifestyle of the modern woman in search of simplicity and beauty.
She later decided to launch a clothing collection dedicated to luxury travel. She thought that introducing to the international market the wild Malagasy silk, a traditional silk used by Malagasy aristocratie from the 16th to the 19th century. Since then, it become a piece of luxury. She also wanted to showcase how Malagasy artisans master the art of handmade embroidery inherited from British and French influence. The Line included kaftans and kimonos with minimalist and timeless designs and are crafted to fit perfectly to our luxury traveller woman lifestyle.