We are Tribal Textiles, a home décor company based on the edge of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
We pride ourselves in producing ethically handcrafted products while strengthening our rural community by providing local artisans with opportunities, supporting conservation and investing in local initiatives.
Join us in supporting our incredible community. Together, we can continue to make positive and sustainable impacts with the local community.
sustainability through creativity
Our aim is to foster a sustainable impact and thriving community by harnessing creativity
and craftsmanship to produce unique, ethically handcrafted textiles and homeware.
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Tribal Textiles has been running for 32 years, with humble beginnings in 1991 on the banks of the Luangwa River.
Founded by Gillie Lightfoot, Tribal Textiles grew into the small but mighty company it is today, providing sustainable employment, fair wages and economic empowerment to up to 100 local people. The company is one of the biggest employers in the Luangwa Valley, an area where jobs are scarce.
In 2019, Gillie passed the baton on to Kirstie, general manager of Tribal Textiles for over a decade, Julie, Charity and Tasila.
Read more about the team that drives Tribal Textiles by following the link below.
hand crafted design
Our textiles are made using a traditional Batik technique which our team have been using for over 30 years.
Our process is also thoughtfully sustainable. At each stage of production, we strive to show the utmost respect for the environment and people. From design to production, we minimise our environmental impact by sourcing locally, using sustainable materials, and repurposing waste.
People are often surprised by the process our textiles go through, why not see for yourself!
more than just a textile brand
At Tribal Textiles, we aim to enhance our positive and sustainable impact on the local community here in South Luangwa, through our continued support and promotion for traditional artisan creativity. More recently, expanding out to a refugee made artisan project in collaboration with UNHCR.
We are committed to fostering the growth of artisans within our community. By producing products slowly and responsibly, with respect for the environment, we can also do our part to help promote mindful, conscious consumption, reducing our negative impact on the environment.
We operate on the doorstep of one of the most amazing national parks in the world, a natural environment that we want to help preserve.
We therefore donate a portion of our sales from various collections to local conservation initiatives, supporting their incredible work. This includes Zambian Carnivore Project and Conservation South Luangwa.