The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is world renowned for superb game viewing in a remote and beautiful wilderness area. As a tourist visiting the park the last thing you would expect to find there is a creative hand painting textiles business producing stunning, high quality home furnishings . And yet that is exactly what Tribal Textiles do.
Tribal Textiles boasts a large, colourful retail outlet and workshop, located on the road between Mfuwe Airport and the National Park. It’s the perfect place to pick up a special souvenir of time spent in the South Luangwa or shop for gifts for all the family. You can shop til you drop in a series of shady courtyards selling textiles and a wide range of other Zambian products and there are free workshop tours to watch the textiles being drawn and painted. The Tribal Textiles Art Safaris gives you the chance to paint your own textiles, a great option for families and those looking for an alternative to game drives.
Tribal was started twenty five years ago by director and owner Gillie Lightfoot. Today they employ over 100 local people and export to more than 20 countries worldwide. The company is one of the biggest employers in the area, providing sustainable employment and training in an area where jobs are scarce. They also co-fund the local community school, Malimba, and support the local Hanada Orphanage.
The workshop is open Monday to Saturday, from early March to mid-December, and the shop is open seven days a week all year round.