Malaika was founded in 2004 by Margarita Andrade and Goya Gallagher who, after growing up in their native Ecuador, ended up living and settling in Egypt. With a background in design and a keen interest in embroidery, crochet and hand-drawn thread work, they decided to utilize Egyptian cotton to produce high quality bed linen previously not available in the local market. Since the launch of its first collection, the brand has been flourishing: In 2009 Malaika built its own factory, enabling absolute control on quality and craftsmanship, and in 2018, it opened its own embroidery school.
Egyptian heritage with a twist expressed through beautiful textures and delicate embroideries. Each vibrant collection is imbued with chic, timeless elegance that taps into Egyptian visual art and culture. The brand’s artistry is paired with socially sustainable practices that are 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 whilst working from home if they wish so.
The embroideries are an elegant homage to the ottoman carnation, an evocative floral style in Egyptian culture. All designs – including placemats and napkins- are woven from the finest Egyptian cotton and linen, and are beautifully adorned with delicate embroideries.