Tankay – designed in Finland, made in Pakistan – handmade unique ethical fashion from Pakistan tailored to your size!
Tankay is a unique combination of Nordic simplicity combined with versatile textile tradition of Pakistan.
Our brand is registered and designed in Finland, but our raw materials and artwork come from Pakistan. Our products are hand-made by local underprivileged artisans who are given a fair compensation for their work, which not only benefits the women but also their children and relatives providing an extra income for their household.
Tankay is an Urdu word for ‘stitches’, ‘ompeleet’ in Finnish, and it represents the stitches the artisan women have made in the clothes we have in our collection.
Our embroidery is made by rural poor women in the stunning mountain valleys of Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan as well as in Quetta, Balochistan near the Afghan border. Our naturally dyed fabrics are made in interior Sindh in Ajrak Centre where rural men and women work. The stitching is done by women employed by a social enterprise based in Rawalpindi named Patang.
Our knitted wear is made in Rawalpindi by blind women employed by a welfare organisation Darakshan. Our scarves are made in beautiful mountain valleys of Swat, previously ridden by conflict, by women employed by a social enterprise, Zarkun.
We believe in the power of networks and source our products from a network of over 2,000 females via collaborating with different organisations such as Darakshan, Patang, Karakoram Handicrafts, Mountain Women Enterprises, Balochistan Art and Crafts, Zarkun and benefit the underprivileged artisans in all five provinces of Pakistan, namely, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Punjab and Sindh.
We not only offer unique handmade, but customised clothes, tailored to your size. You can mix and match the embroidery and colours, and even make your own design!
By shopping with us you are directly supporting the livelihoods of underserved communities in Pakistan!
Tankay – unique, hand made with love