A coordinated production
The leather is cut in Spain according to the designs, and the pieces are then sent to the Maasai Mara where they are distributed among the manyattas (the settlements where the Maasai people live) participating in the project.
There, thousands of kilometers away and in the African savanna without roads, speaking in Swahili and surrounded by wild animals, the women create a unique work environment where the Pikolinos leather is embroidered with the typical insignias, colors, and designs of their cultural identity.
Every stitch is accompanied by smiles, chants, and conversations. Without leaving their homeland or interfering with their culture or lifestyle, they have learned the meaning of a shoe last, a technical data sheet, and a quality control. These women create their own production process and set their own hours and work pace.
Once the embroidery has been completed, the leather products processed by the Maasai women are sent back to Spain where they are transformed into a pair of Pikolinos sandals that convey the essence of this community.