ROYAL SHOP

The Royal Curio shop, set up in January 2012, supports local craftsmen by sourcing hand-made jewellery, bags and other items from local artisans, in addition to our range of Royal Zambezi Lodge shirts, gilets, caps and T-shirts as mementoes of your stay.

A selection of the local goods is shown below:

Tribal Textiles produce unique hand-painted textiles in the heart of the African bush. They are a mix of traditional African art with contemporary designs and drawings all inspired by the local wildlife and surroundings rendered in a rich palette of hand-mixed colours. Each piece is created by local Zambian men and women, providing jobs for 100 locals in an area where employment is scarce.

Mulberry Mongoose fuses contemporary trends with Africa’s rich history to produce jewellery ranges that embody the culture and tradition of African jewellery and the raw nature of the bush. All of their varieties are handcrafted by local ladies using locally sourced materials, thereby supporting the exceptional wildlife of South Luangwa and helping their local people. They actively recruit women as they find it harder to get work and are known to invest money into their children’s future and health.

 

They also support anti-poaching with their range of snare jewellery -made from snare wire that is collected during anti-poaching patrols or cut free from wounded animals. For every item sold they give the equivalent of $5 to help fund the patrols’ essential work.

Before Jackal and Hide, virtually no manufacture of leather goods existed in Zambia. When Gillie Lightfoot moved to Sugarbush farm near Lusaka, she discovered a source of beautiful locally tanned cowhides. This provided an excellent opportunity to train a new local team of tailors to design and craft a range of high-quality bags with a unique African feel.

 

All of their bags are slightly different and adorned with signature vegetable ivories, handpicked beads from across the globe, or recycled Angoni cow horn. The bags are lined with painted cloth made by Tribal Textiles.

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