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Design thoughtfully,
tread lightly,
know the story.

ASILI is a collaborative design platform with social impact.

We guide collaborations between contemporary designers and East African artisans. Our name borrows from the Swahili word for essence, genesis, the source of something. It stands for the truth or fundamental nature of a person or object.

ASILI was established as a way to bring ideas together; heritage and present day, craft and industry. Each partnership considers the true character of a natural material within a modern design framework.

ASILI objects are used in daily life, leave a lasting impression, and harmonise with other items in the home.