Our Story

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 craftsmen (as she had been in the early days of Tribal) 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.

All the bags are slightly different and adorned either with Gillie’s signature vegetable ivories, handpicked beads from across the globe, or “recycled” Angoni cow horn.

The bags are lined with hand painted cloth made by Tribal Textiles in the Luangwa and all zips and fittings are imported for the very best quality and finish.