Embroidered Cestino Cocktail Napkins
An intricate and artful process that is disappearing from workrooms worldwide, hand-embroidery has found an unexpected resurgence in a small workshop in central Africa. Based in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda’s bustling capital city, craftswomen carry on the tradition of embroidery first brought to the country by Belgian nuns.
Casa Branca partners with an all-female atelier formed nearly 20 years ago to support handicapped women and victims of Genocide by providing work, dignity, and companionship through a sense of purpose. It has since grown to over 50 women, many of whom specialize in different embroidery types, whether it is our signature double line, the cabana border, or the beautiful motifs pulled from our patterns.
Hand-embroidery of this level is uncommon outside of the rarified world of haute-couture. Each stitch is made by hand, without the support of machines, with the resulting embroidery maintaining the softness of the linens and thread.
Set of 4.