Meet the Roots
Roots Seychelles is a textile and lifestyle brand based
Founded and owned by Ras Tony and Sista
Stephannie, the company quickly expanded to
include illustrated maps, natural healing products and
local craftwork created by Seychellois artisans.
ROOTS IN KREOL
Inspired by the traditional Kreol techniques used by their ancestors, they are
passionate about preserving the rich history of Seychelles and its old age
customs and traditions. They use the nature to promote the benefits of local
plants for healing as well as for creating sustainable products. Just as their
island descendants did, they use the sun as a vital resource for drying their spices such as cinnamon, coffee, cacao, fragrant plants, coconut as well as all of their printed fabrics.
Map illustrator extraordinaire Sista Stephannie has been traveling and drawing maps of her journeys for almost 30 years. She founded the first site on the internet to offer hand drawn maps and these days she focuses on locations in Seychelles and surrounding areas. As a créatrice for Roots Seychelles, she has expanded her skills to include screen printing her illustrated maps on textiles, bags and beachwear.
Roots Seychelles is very careful about protecting their fragile environment and take their responsibility very seriously. All of their products are locally sourced, and they work closely with the local community to enrich their standard of living by employing local artists, practicing fair trade and encouraging positive innovation.
With a love for the earth and their little island, they are devoted to recycling, reusing and repurposing as much as possible with minimal waste in their studio environment as well as their products. They also extend this philosophy into their every day lives.
Read their interview
Tony's ancestors and inspiration for the Roots. Mama Lucie and Papa Pti Frer were the sound of the Mascarene Islands folklore music of the Seychelles.
Mama was a singer and Papa played the bombe, a handmade string instrument made with the local gourd and coconut shell.
Listen here! ↓
Dreamer, Thinker, Healer
Tony is an island man who grew up on the beach and has a love for the sea. His never ending creative talents include writing, drawing, poetry, music, and he is an expert at the 3 r's-recycling, reusing and repurposing. He speaks 3 languages, and he has a passion for nature and its healing properties.
Illustratrice, Designer, Creator
This is Sista Stephannie! She is a free spirit world class illustrator who studied at Parsons School of Design and set up her studios in New York City and San Francisco. She loves animals, painting and Tony's Kreol cooking. Her true love is African textiles and design, a passion she developed on her first trip to Morocco 20 years ago.
All Roots Seychelles products
are proudly handmade in Seychelles!