Tribal Textiles Family Day 2019 from Tribal Textiles on Vimeo.
As always, the past few months have been super exciting here at Tribal and we wanted to share with you some of the many things that are ongoing! That involves pimping up our workshop, designing new lines, expanding Tribal Textiles abroad, celebrating creativity of local youth and doing a fair bit of bum shaking!
We love our workplace here in Mfuwe: this is such a joyful place, full of music and laughter from our team, where creativity, sustainability and gender equality are key.
Many of those who visited us in the past noticed (and took photos) of the chalk board in the sewing room, where we wrote our philosophy. We thought it was high time to share those believes even more proudly, to keep us working together, happy as a team and allow visitors to reflect on them.
So we did what we do best: we used vibrant hand-mixed colors and brushes and painted Tribal philosophy on a big wall in the workshop.
We left this (more difficult than expected) task to our new intern Jannis, a graphic design student specialized in wall arts. Using an ingenious method, he drew the words at night using a homemade projector to avoid distortion before painting them.
He also pimped up our Glass Recycling workshop wall with this statement that we love: “Time for Change, there is no planet b”. Food for thought…
FAMILY DAY 2019
Talking about food, Tribal Textiles celebrated Family Day early August. 25 chickens, 15kg steak, 50kg rice, 30 cabbages, 5kg onions, 10kg tomatoes, 600 soft drinks, 300 eggs and packs of biscuits is what it took to feed our Tribal family this year.
This is one of our favorite moment each year, where our team members bring their family to show their workplace, do a bit of arts and a lot of dancing, and above all share a big hearty meal.
We were honored to be joined by Royal Highness Chief Mnkhanya - the chief of the area where our workshop is located who came to show his appreciation for the employment Tribal Textiles gives in his Chiefdom.
He was greeted by dancers from the Malaila Traditional Ceremony, held every year by the Kunda speaking people of Zambia.
The dancers performed a traditional dance called the Ndongwe dance, that involves both men and women, drumming and a lot of shaking!
We were so impressed with the dancers that we sponsored them for the Malaila festival later that month and offered to sponsor them with bright new printed tshirts. Which provided Chief Mnkhanya with the opportunity of a good joke, wondering out loud what they would be wearing below if they had only tops…
Overall, the day was a great success. Many new friends were made, old friends reunited and most importantly the hard work of our team members was celebrated. Can’t wait for Family Day 2020!!!
Read all about it here or watch the video below:
Tribal Textiles Family Day 2019 from Tribal Textiles on Vimeo.
MEET PAUL & TOM, OUR TIRELESS GROUNDSMEN
When we reopened the workshop in March, we went into a painting frenzy and decided to paint all our buildings white! This has certainly kept our fantastic Groundsmen duo Paul and Tom busy: as one can imagine, it doesn’t take only one layer of paint to cover terracotta bricks!!! And those who visited know that we don’t have only one building here.
Men in the shadows, those two always work in pair and hold the fort during the rains when the workshop is closed. Paul began working with Tribal Textiles as a gardener in 2000 and Tom quickly joined in 2003. Their positive outlook and fantastic work ethic soon marked them out for promotion to Head Groundsmen and Storesmen.
Paul has 6 children and is proud that his only son Jeff also works with Tribal Textiles in our dispatch department. Tom has only 4 kids but a better balance between genders with a very equal 2 boys and 2 girls.
While Tom can’t say no to a good football game, we think Paul secretly likes being in charge of the Tribal sound system, where he loves to mix up the Zambian tunes with his favourite – James Brown!
If you want to meet the rest of the Tribe, head here.
STUDENT PHOTO EXHIBITION
We believe in empowering our local community and are delighted to showcase the wonderful creative work of local pupils at tribe, the smaller shop we opened in 2017 near South Luangwa Park main entrance.
This photographic exhibition was produced by students of Mfuwe Day Secondary School. They are all members of the school’s Conservation Club and Camera Club, which is facilitated by Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust.
The Camera Club members wanted to share the joy and interest they have experienced in capturing images of wildlife, the environment and their community. These photos are a window into the very special world of South Luangwa as seen by the youth who live there.
BIG APPLE WELCOMES TRIBAL TEXTILES!
As you might know, we sell our beautiful textiles directly to visitors in our shops in Zambia as well as in lodges throughout Eastern Africa (this is without mentioning our online shop of course).
But we also export them to stockists in over 20 countries. By far, our biggest export market is North America and we were thrilled to know that our beautiful textiles were so nicely represented in two significant booths at NY NOW tradeshow this year!
Swahili Imports and Wander Handmade are both long time wholesalers of artisans’ crafts from all around the world. Carefully curating a different selection of our styles (animals, contemporary African…), those two wonderful long-time partners should be your first point of contact if you want to place a small trial order within USA / Canada directly shipped from there.
Contact sales @ tribaltextiles.co.zm for details.
WILD LINES IN PROGRESS
This time of year, our workshop is usually busy fuming with ideas of new designs to exhibit at ZADS (Zambian Arts and Design Show) in November, before releasing them in our shops and for wholesale.
This year, we wanted to create a collection at a lower price point and Jen and Cece came up with this brilliant new animal range. These designs are made up of one continuous line of starching, forming the shape of various animals.
Contact sales @ tribaltextiles.co.zm for prices and wholesale enquiries.
That’s all for now from the Tribal team… and don’t forget to keep it shaking!