The Máanu Cross Over Bra: for a session at the studio and on the go. Gives you support, while letting you breath.
Color: tie-dye indigo
Fabric: 90% viscose (organic bamboo), 10% elastane (spandex)
Cool on the skin
Soft and strong at the same time
Offers great support with a smooth feel
Machine wash cold
Wash with similar colors
Do not use any fabric softener
Do not bleach
Do not tumble dry
Do not dry clean
Warm iron if necessary
We decided to use organic bamboo to meet the needs for sustainability. Bamboo is a natural, and at the same time fast-growing, resource. Bamboo has even more benefits: no pesticides or insecticides are necessary for its cultivation, rain is a sufficient water supply, it can be cultivated very densely therefor only requiring little land to grow, it produces 30% more oxygen and absorbs more CO2 than common trees and can re-grow up to one meter a day. A process that uses a non-toxic solution to break down the wooden bamboo, produces high-quality bamboo fabric. The chopped up bamboo is soaked in this solution to produce cellulose. As soon as the cellulose fiber is created the whole water and solution are drained and re-used later. This whole process is eco-friendly and operated in a closed cycle. The solution is easily washed out, leaving no residues on the bamboo fiber.
Due to the hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antifungal and odor-neutral characteristics, sport clothing of this kind does not have to be washed as often as common sport clothing and water can be conserved.
Tie-dye with natural indigo:
The fabric is dyed by hand with precious, natural indigo sourced from local farmers. The achieved blue hues can vary depending on each indigo harvest. Meaning that you will have a unique product in your hands. The dying is true artisanal work and based on traditional tie-dye techniques from West Africa.
The indigo plant has been used for centuries in traditional African medicine. Modern examinations have proven its anti-inflammatory and arthritis-inhibiting properties. Wounds, gastrointestinal complaints and inflammations were traditionally treated with the indigo plant and it is given to women during and after childbirth. The indigo plant can also be consumed as an aphrodisiac. The healing and protective properties can be transferred to the fabric through the coloring process.
Symbols on the straps
The Adinkra symbols are from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Ivory Coast and Ghana. According to a legend of the Asante, Adinkra was the name of the King of Gyaman. The full term is Nana Kofi Adinkra. The Adinkra symbols represent various themes in relation to the history, beliefs, spirituality and philosophy of the Asante.
They usually have a deeper underlying meaning, since proverbs play an important role in Asante culture. The use of proverbs is considered as a mark of wisdom.
Adinkra includes the Akan word for message, nkra. It is also a contains the Akan words for “taking leave of someone” or “saying goodbye”, di nkra, and the Akan word for the soul, kra. Dinkra is the parting or send-off message or intelligence that the soul carries to and from God.
“Culture depends on symbols. Without symbols there will be no culture.“
E. Fianko- Ntiamoah (1971)
Wawa Aba = Perseverance
Tabono = Unity of Purpose
Adinkrahene = Leadership, charisma
Awurade Baatanfo = God-mother, Nurturing Spirit