Maureen Njotsa Lermer

Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, NDEMELA Creation’s founder, Maureen Lermer, is no stranger to fabrics. As more people asked for her unique designs, NDEMELA creations was born.
NDEMELA designs are inspired by the colors of nature and as a conscious environmentalist NDEMELA Creations has been known to incorporate raw materials like coconut shells and cardboard paper into
some of their creations. Merging her world of fashion design with waste recycling—a cause near and dear to her heart NDEMELA’s slogan, “Your attitude, your style” speaks to its custom designs which are
fashioned according to its client’s personalities and style.

NDEMELA Creations caters to both African and European markets, with sometimes a blend of both to create very unique pieces. NDEMELA Creation’s is an ardent supporter of women, men, and children
empowerment. Giving back to the community is an essential part of its mission, for example, supporting and providing employment for women and men tailors in Togo, & Cameroon, West Africa Aside from dazzling
her clients with her unique creations, Ms. Lermer is into gardening, cooking, photography and running her international cultural association, IKM e.V.

Cultural imperialism

We have already adopted Western clothing. Cultural imperialism, also called cultural colonialism, comprises the cultural aspects slowly wiping out our traditional ways of dressing. Designs are being stolen by bigger
fashion brands, making it difficult for us to compete. By the way, our weaving techniques are being erased and machines are replacing the weavers. Nowadays the textile tradition is being
industrialized, which erases the knowledge and practice of weaving. Most of the time the symbols on our materials are knowledgeable. Sometimes it is inappropriately used, or miss used.

Maureen Njotsa Lermer