Kese (pronounced Kessie) means great in Akan, a Twi language spoken in Ghana.
Inspired by the vibrant colours of Africa and the Caribbean, Maxine launched Kese in 2019, creating vibrant handmade cushions with passion and flair. Since then, the brand continues to grow and includes table linen, room fragrances and decorative home accessories.
Quality Ankara fabrics and bold prints are sourced to make colourful and comfortable decorative cushions, and seasonal table linen. All items are made with love, care and attention to detail to ensure every Kese product is of the exceptional quality.
Being conscious about sustainability, Maxine also uses traditional African wax print garments and other textiles that have been donated, to create beautiful upcycled, one-of-a kind designs. All cushion covers have an envelope style opening at the back for easy removal. Zero zips mean zero waste.
The 2020 collection introduces cushion pads that are filled with foam crumbs to ensure longevity. The cushion pad inserts supplied with your order, if you choose, are from a UK-based company which produces foam for upholstery. The left over foam is minced to make crumbs for throw cushions, ensuring waste is minimised.
Maxine’s passion for print and textiles as well as the ancient history of Andinkra led to deeper understanding of the meanings of its symbols. Andinkra cloth, traditionally used by the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast, is used to express feelings or sentiments during special occasions. The colourful symbols are hand-stamped or hand-embroidered and communicate visual messages of beliefs, myths and social values, for example. When designing the Kese logo, Maxine stylised the Sankofa Heart to represent the brand. Sankofa holds dear meaning, “Go back and fetch it”, symbol of the wisdom of learning from the past to build for the future. This philosophy is what turned a hobby into a dream come true!