Are looking for beautiful holiday gifts that support community development and wildlife conservation in Africa? The South Luangwa is home to two wonderful organizations that create exquisite, hand crafted products that support the local communities, and give back to protecting the region's beautiful wildlife. Both Tribal Textiles and Mulberry Mongoose create goods that are perfect for the modern explorer, bringing together tradition and innovation. They are contemporary and stylish with organic elements that celebrate the natural world and local culture.
From our workshop, located on a well-trodden elephant path in the Zambian bush, local craftswomen make all our jewellery by hand using natural materials from the South Luangwa valley. In an area where unemployment and poaching are a reality, every piece of jewellery sold helps us support our families and conserve this unique place that inspires our work.
We’re a group of creative and courageous ladies who believe in bringing women together, near and far, to help each other achieve the seemingly impossible. Together we share stories, ideas and aspirations as we make all of our jewellery by hand. And together we all reinvest in our community. In an area where unemployment is high, our income lets us play an active role in supporting our families and preserving this unique place that inspires our work.
At Tribal Textiles we produce unique hand-painted textiles in the heart of the African bush. Our objectives are simple: to create unforgettable and exquisite textiles whilst working in harmony with nature and benefitting the local community. Our textiles mix traditional African art with contemporary designs, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings here in the South Luangwa. Each piece is hand painted by local Zambian men and women.
From creating the dyes to handpainting each and every piece, these textiles are authentically Zambian. Often featuring the local plants and animals, the products range from handbags to table runners and pillows to wall hangings.
Happy holidays from the Time + Tide Family to yours!
Images from Mulberry Mongoose + Tribal Textiles