Tribal Drum - July 2017
THE TRIBAL DRUM
It’s been an exciting couple of months at Tribal and we’ve got lots of news to share.
It’s been an exciting couple of months at Tribal and we’ve got lots of news to share. In our last newsletter, we were hard at work with our biggest export order yet. We’re extremely proud to say that we managed to complete and send off to the US, in record time, over one and a half tonnes of beautiful Tribal Textiles cushion covers!
The experience was a huge learning curve for us all and our target wouldn’t have been achieved without incredible team efforts. We are extremely grateful to our staff for their dedication and look forward to producing more bumper sized orders in the future!
In September last year we attended our very first tradeshow (the Trade + Impact summit) held in Morocco. This event introduced us to a lot of great contacts and even led to the big order to the US at the beginning of the season.
This year, we decided to go bigger: we’re going to New York in August. Yes, the Big Apple! We will attend NY NOW - one of the biggest tradeshows in interior decoration - in their Artisan Resource section, an area of the show that showcases artisan groups from all over the world. We will fill our bags with as many beautiful Tribal samples as possible, ready to show them to the thousands of attendees and buyers.
Our founder Gillie stopped by a few weeks ago and came up with an array of new contemporary designs for us to showcase there! We’ll definitely keep you posted with more news and pictures in upcoming newsletters but we can already say that she has been very inspired and productive!
We didn’t just stop at new designs. We also recently launched a new product: Tribal’s very own fabric storage pots! Like babushkas, they come in various sizes, colours and prints and you can stack them inside one another or fill them individually with anything you like – from plants to pens! We got really positive feedback about them on social media and are looking forward to seeing how sales will be in our shops.
Whilst it’s great to be busy with orders and shows on the International stage, we still love nothing more than seeing Tribal’s décor around camps and lodges in the South Luangwa valley.
Kafunta Safaris recently added a wonderful new tented camp to their portfolio – Three Rivers Camp. We hope you also love how stylish our screen-printed cushion covers look in their tents!
If you follow us on social media (which we hope you do), you probably know our latest great addition… we opened a café! That’s right, not only can you tour our workshop, browse for products in the shop or paint your own cushion covers during an Art Safari. Now you can also indulge in a delicious meal or simply enjoy a drink at The Courtyard Café.
Of course, we had to test out the café ourselves before opening it up to the public and we can confirm that the food prepared by the local legend Dorica is absolutely delicious! With tasty food and more beautiful textiles, we’re confident there’s more exciting news ahead and we’ll keep you updated in our next Tribal Drum.
All the best for now from the Tribal team!