Aunt Jean

Aunt Jean

Soyini in the studio

Soyini in the studio

 

My Story

The Love

When I was a little girl living in Guyana, South America, my mom used to take me to see my Great Aunt Jean, who is a great seamstress. I still remember how she pinned and gathered the fabric to create style and bounce, all while holding animated and entertaining conversations with my mom. I draw my inspiration for color, texture and patterns from memories of my Uncle Reggie's  (Great Aunt Jean's husband) garden.  He took pride in his garden, and the vibrant colors, textures and patterns of the fruits, flowers and vegetables still lingers in my mind. I apply the same meticulous care and love to my pieces, that Uncle Reggie applied to his garden.

That was just the beginning of my love for art, design and color. After graduating from college, I started Yinibini Baby! All of the clothing and accessories are all handmade or screenprinted and /or block printed by hand.

You can often find me at local craft shows in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Be sure to check out my Events and Craft Shows page to see where I will be next.

 

The Fabric

The cutest, most stylish fabrics: made of 100% cotton, 100% organic cotton, or an organic cotton blend. I primarily source organic cotton onesies  and organic cotton fabrics that are grown, knitted and sewn in the USA. The great selection of colors, patterns and textures makes it easy for you to choose something for your little one.  All fabrics are CPSIA certified and machine washable. My illustrations are screen-printed by hand with non-toxic, water based ink and then is permanently heat-set to not run in the wash.

 

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Awards

- Washington City Paper's Best of DC, Best Handmade Products for Kids

Second Place, 2017

First Place 2016

 

- Washington City Paper's BEST of DC, Best Local Crafter, Readers' Poll:

Third Place, 2015

First Place, 2014

Third Place 2013

First Place 2012

Second Place, 2011 

 

- Martha Stewart American Made Awards, Craft Finalist, 2014. 

 

- Judges Award, Clifton Day Festival, 2014

 

Origin of name Yinibini: 'yini' is the last four letters of founder's first name + 'bini' which means 'good girl' in Guyanese creole.

Based and proudly handmade in Washington, DC.

Yinibini Baby is a proud member of the Made in DC Program. To find out more about this program visit www.thisismadeindc.com.