Margarita Andrade and Goya Gallagher founded Malaika in 2004, inspired by their passion for design and expertise in embroidery, crochet, and intricate threadwork. They recognised the potential of Egyptian cotton to create luxurious bed linen that was previously unavailable in the local market. In addition to their signature bedding, Malaika currently offers a diverse range of products - including silkscreen-printed accessories, terrycloth bath towels, cushions, and embroidered table linen.
In 2009, Malaika established its factory, employing several skilled workers and gaining complete control over the quality and craftsmanship of its products. Concurrently, their self-funded embroidery school was founded in 2018, offering underprivileged Egyptian women and refugees the opportunity to master embroidery techniques and work from home. This approach allows Malaika to produce the finest quality Egyptian bed linen and homewares while simultaneously creating sustainable paths to economic independence for numerous women. Malaika believes that promoting entrepreneurship and responsible business practices is a more impactful form of empowerment than traditional aid.