Thoughtfully Sustainable

At Tribal Textiles, we use traditional techniques to create beautiful home décor for inspired interiors.

Durable and easy to wash, we pride ourselves on the quality of our textiles.

Sarah Painting At Our Workshop

A Sustainable Vision

Our commitment to sustainability influences all aspects of our business. We are dedicated to sustainably producing each item, without compromising on quality, production method, or materials.

We believe by producing products slowly and responsibly, with respect for the environment, we can do our part to help promote mindful, conscious consumption.

Locally Sourced Raw Materials

We use 100% GMO-free, natural cotton fabric grown, spun, and woven in Zimbabwe. As much as we would love to work with organic cotton, we have so far not been able to find an organic cotton farm in southern Africa that can provide us with fabric in large enough quantities. Until then, we prefer to support our neighboring country rather than increasing our carbon footprint by sourcing organic cotton from a distant part of the world.

Each of our designs is hand-drawn and painted using a vibrant palette of hand-mixed colors. All our paints come from South Africa. They are water-based, non-hazardous, and non-toxic, making them safe for people and the environment. 

Gillie On The Banks Of The Luangwa River

Zero-Waste Production

Living in a remote region of Zambia with no efficient waste management system in place, we uphold a zero-waste positive throughout our production process.

Any leftover paint from a design project is mixed together to produce black paint.

We use any fabric scraps to create a variety of small accessories

The starch we use in our design process is made with flour and water. When scraped off, it is collected, dried in the sun, and given to another brilliant local initiative, One Planet Cafe, to add color to the paper they produce. We, in turn, use their paper for our lovely greeting cards

Recycling Initiatives

With an increasing population and no waste management organized locally, we believe it is important to promote recycling within our community.

In 2018, we built a recycling centre and trained local artisans to upcycle excess glass bottles into a beautiful range of products, providing a creative solution for an ongoing waste management problem in the South Luangwa Valley.

In the near future, we are planning to further our glass recycling initiative to incorporate aluminium cans and plastic waste. By doing so, we hope to help the Luangwa Valley manage its waste whilst creating an income stream for local artisans.

Gillie On The Banks Of The Luangwa River

Plastic-Free

We avoid single-use plastic wherever possible and are very proud that plastic
bags are no longer used in our shops.

We partnered up with the National Milling Corporation to recycle maize bags they donate as shopper bags for their retail outlets and ours.

We also banned single-use take away cups and plastic water bottles in our retail outlets. Guests are invited to buy a reusable coffee mug or take water from water dispensers available in our shops.