Wall Hangings Kuba inspired MADE51
Handcrafted by Congolese refugees in Northern Zambia, these one-of-a-kind wall hangings are handwoven with local palm leaves. Perfect to add a unique twist to your home décor or personalize your (home) office space, you'll find any excuse to use one of these unique wall art carrying a unique story.
They are part of our Kuba collection, inspired by the embroidered raffia textiles that were the very first artifacts that came from Africa, originally made in Kuba kingdom (now known as The Democratic Republic of Congo). Mixing textiles and woven products, this Kuba collection will bring African classic with a contemporary twist to your home décor.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
All around the world, MADE51 - a UNHCR initiative - creates opportunities for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people to work and earn a living through craftsmanship. Being self-reliant is one of the most effective ways people can rebuild their lives with dignity.
The MADE51 model is both sustainable and scalable. In each country, MADE51 identifies a leading social enterprise to work with the refugee artisans, combine their capabilities with the skills of refugee artisans, thereby creating an innovative, market-based model for the economic inclusion of refugees.
Tribal Textiles is proud to be the creative social enterprise chosen to collaborate with artisans living in a Congolese refugee settlement in the Mantapala area of Northern Zambia. Since 2017, Zambia has indeed been taking in refugees fleeing from continuing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fast forward to 2021 and the population of Congolese refugees restarting their lives in the new refugee settlement of Mantapala has climbed to 17,232 individuals.
Our journey to Mantapala started in February 2021, to seek out hidden creative talents and to begin the building of an artisan craft center within the settlement. Eight months later, we are beyond thrilled to be able to offer this Tribal Textiles x Made51 collection.
While the design and technique are the same, each artisan has his own way of weaving, making each piece unique in its own special way.
- Dimensions : Small 18 cm wide x 50 cm height / Medium 18 cm wide x 100 cm height / Large 18 cm wide x 150 cm height
- Dyed Kuba shapes on woven palm with bambooframe
- Coming with individual drawstring bag printed with Kuba patterns
- Each piece may vary slightly due to its handcrafted nature
- Ethically handcrafted in the Refugees UNHCR Mantapala settlement, Northern Zambia