Today, mother-daughter duo Imani McFarlane and Delmeshia Haynes proudly stand together as business partners, friends and mentors. Head wrapping centered their healing.
Imani (Faith) McFarlane is an internationally-acclaimed designer, artist, master seamstress and educator with over 40 years of experience in high-end fashion, interior decorating, and sustainable home goods. She is the founder of the House of Tafari Collection (HOTC) and Tafari Wraps, a holistic luxury head wrap and home décor brand steeped in African diasporic traditions. McFarlane spent her early career designing couture fashion for Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageants, Boston and Jamaican elites. Her designs have been showcased on runways in London, New York, Boston, Lima, and Jamaica.
For nearly a decade after running the Tafari label, Imani worked as an interior design consultant and decorator, trained in some of Boston’s most prestigious high-end showrooms. In 2006, McFarlane founded the House of Tafari Collection (HOTC) to bring African and Caribbean influences to fashion and the home goods market. HOTC joins African landscapes, ancestral healing practices, and the vibrancy of the Caribbean with the design and creation of ready-to-wear and couture headwraps and accessories, Wearable Art pieces, and high-end home décor.
Today, McFarlane facilitates workshops on the art and fashion of African head wrapping, or Wrapshop, at retail establishments, hair salons, festivals, medical and educational institutes from Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass College of Art and Design to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her Wrapshops have been endorsed by the American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Cancer Coalition, and the Lupus Foundation of New England, and her headwraps have been continuously named as a resource for women thriving through cancer in Exhale Lifestyle Magazine.
McFarlane holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Fisher College, where she served as a goodwill ambassador. A BRA artist, she lives and works in Boston Seaport.
Delmeshia Haynes is an educator, set designer, and Wrapologist.
She is currently the COO and Wrapologist at Tafari Wraps, a holistic lifestyle brand preserving Afro-Diasporic culture. She directs the business’s marketing and branding initiatives, accounting and delivery logistics, event coordination, and photoshoot and set styling, all while centering her work around outreach and education about the ancestral practice of head wrapping.
An educator, she has years of experience in academic case management, supervising staff and working with at-risk youth in various neighborhoods from West Harlem to Chinatown, NYC. Delmeshia also holds a certificate of accreditation from NYU’s SPS in restaurant management working seven years as a server at several luxury NYC restaurants, catering companies, and private events for the celebrity elite.
A plant mother, proud aunty and deep believer in the healing power of sustainability and ancient spiritual wisdom, Delmeshia seeks to bring her passion for fabrics, food, farming, community, and ancestral lineage to all aspects of her life and work. She earned a BA in Africana Studies from New York University and is now based in Boston.