AmandlaUbuntu

Handmade South African craft supporting a good cause

Hexham, England
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About AmandlaUbuntu

Sales 143
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Handmade with Heart

Welcome to Amandla Ubuntu, the home of exquisite handmade art, textiles and fashion hand-crafted by inspirational artists from South Africa.

We’re a company with heart, committed to donating and reinvesting a minimum of 50% of our profits. A significant proportion of these go directly to the Saartjie Baartman Centre, an incredible organisation supporting women and children experiencing gender-based violence in South Africa. Their work is a critical part of the fight for gender equality, safety and security in my country.

Our name, Amandla Ubuntu plays tribute to the mission behind it: to share the outstanding creativity and talent of South African crafters with the world, providing sustainable incomes, whilst supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

Amandla means ‘strength’ and ‘power’ in Xhosa and Zulu. It quickly became the rallying cry of Apartheid resistance, used during marches and protests by those who opposed it. Today, ‘Amandla’ is used to describe perseverance, resilience and, ultimately, refusing to give up, no matter what adversities we might face.

Roughly translated, ‘Ubuntu’ means ‘we are stronger as one’. The human rights activist, Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu brought the spirit of Ubuntu to life after Apartheid. He described it as ‘the very essence of being human’. It is to move away from selfishness and embrace togetherness, sharing everything you have with those around you.

Together, these words encompass the heart and soul of Amandla Ubuntu. I am because we are.

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  • Victoria

    Owner

    Hello, I'm Vic I'm proudly feminist and a life-long advocate of women's rights. I'm a wife, daughter, sister, friend & mother of boys. Kindness and integrity are everything. I read a lot, take long walks, enjoy good friends, wine and good food!

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  • Sibo

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    Sibo makes beautiful dolls and accessories from her home in the Eastern Cape. She recycles products and uses fabric offcuts and waste paper to create beautiful pieces of art.

  • Webster

    Eastern Cape, South Africa

    Webster has been creating beautiful beaded pieces of art since he was young. He grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in the Eastern Cape with his wife and son. Webster is superbly talented and can make to order. Read more about him on our website.

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