Tribal Textiles’ creator Gillie Lightfoot started Lightfoot Zambia after moving from The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia (her home since 1986) to Sugarbush Farm, an organic smallholding on the outskirts of Lusaka.

In her search to establish a new, smaller workshop at home where she could return to being more hands-on and involved on a daily basis with artisans, she discovered a source of wonderful, locally tanned cowhides.

There existed virtually no manufacturing of leather goods in Zambia, and thus was born a great opportunity to train and work with a new team of tailors, and together, to design and craft a range of high quality hand bags and accessories with a unique African feel.

Each artisan tailors the bags from start to finish, inserting hand painted linings and adorning the bags with hand carved horn, vegetable ivories, tassels and beads that have been collected around Africa.

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