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Scrub caps unique to Malaga and the Costa del Sol

África and Inmaculada Benítez in their workshop Chilches.
África and Inmaculada Benítez in their workshop Chilches. / SUR
  • The business founded by sisters Inmaculada and África Benítez has started making colourful scrub caps for Malaga's surgeons

  • Patadekoala are putting an individual spin on scrubs

Thanks to television series such as 'Gray's Anatomy', scrub caps with original prints have become well-known.

Now, sisters Inmaculada and África Benitez, with their company Patadekoala, are putting a Malaga stamp on surgical caps. The first to show off their colourful, hand-made designs are the surgical teams in Ceram Hospital in Marbella and the Dr. Jesús Torres Corpas Clinic.

According to the sisters, who have their workshop in Chilches, Patadekoala uses 100 per cent cotton fabrics, with original prints in bright colours. All the items are hand-made.

The company began two years ago when Inmaculada needed to change her working situation to suit her family life. Despite never having picked up a needle and thread before in her life, she was determined to succeed.

She asked her sister, África, to teach her how to sew. "I have always loved sewing" África explains, adding "as a child my mother taught me, and I started making clothes for dolls. I then started making my own clothes."

Together the sisters created Patadekoala, which began to attract customers through social media, but now has its own website (www.patadekoala.es), helping to distribute their products throughout Spain.

Expanding to health

It is no coincidence that the sisters have now taken their talents to the health sector.

África works as a nurse at the Virgen de la Victoria University Hospital, and wants to make Patadekoala compatible with this side of her career.

Communication manager at Ceram Hospital, Emma López, explains that the hospital is happy to be supporting a local company, adding that "the result has been positive. The caps are very original."

"We enjoy making our products unique and are always excited to create something new." says Inmaculada. "The company has also been a way for me to improve myself. I never imagined being a businesswoman, and I am really happy with the experience I have gained in the last two years." she adds.

The business has also allowed Inmaculada to work from home, which, with her focus on her family, is a perfect fit for her.

One question that the sisters are often asked is where the name Patadekoala comes from. "It is a way of paying tribute to our father, who died when we were teenagers. He always slept very little, and joked that in his next life he would be a koala as they are the animals that sleep most on earth" explains África.

Patadekoala can already be found in Halter and My Sweet Koala in Rincón de la Victoria and in El Desván de Lulú in the centre of Malaga.