Pink Earings
Fishies
Losinj Island Apron
Moyo Green Tree
Black White Dress
Cream Round Earings

Behind the scenes at Bongolala

The artisans we work with are talented and creative, but often have no way to market their products. We believe in empowering people – no matter where they live or how disadvantaged their background – to make the most of the skills they have. We do this by seeking out the quirkiest, coolest, most creative pieces made with true integrity.

Irena Kucic Artist

Irena Kučić

From a young age, Irena loved fashion design, creating her own designs and clothing. This led her to study art and design in Zagreb before moving back to her beautiful home island of Lošinj where she now designs and produces unique clothing, handbags and home decor for Bongolala. Working with Petra introduced her to African wax fabrics.  Their vibrant colours and designs in luxurious cotton have been a true inspiration and main feature in her creations.

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Bongolala Store front

Bongolala

In 2019, we started our own line, working with Croatian designers and artists to create unique, limited-edition products. We make women’s clothing, handbags, earrings, aprons and home decor items such as pillowcases. Owner Petra’s concept behind the Bongolala brand is to bring together the two threads of her life in Africa with her life in Europe, combining European style and traditional craft with the beauty, originality of African fabrics.

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Gloopy

Gloopy is an inovative Croatian brand started by two women, designer Lara and puppet maker Sunčana. They turn everyday objects into interesting and playful designs with a personality. They are best known for their lavender-filled cupboard creatures. Bongolala has collaborated with Gloopy to make unique lavender creatures using African wax fabrics.

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Ići Mići

Based in Pula, Croatia, Olivera is an artist mum and entrepreneur who designs and handmakes exquisite rag dolls and other stuffed toys.  Bongolala has collaborated with Olivera to make unique giraffe and elephant dolls and other stuffed toys using African wax fabrics.

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Moyo Designs

Moyo is a quirky, East African design house creating vibrant home décor that embodies the carefree, sassy kaleidoscope of modern Swahili style. Each statement piece is handcrafted using African wax textiles and features Moyo’s fabric pompoms and Maasai beads.

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Neema Crafts

Neema Crafts provides training and employment opportunities for over 120 people with disabilities in Tanzania. It aims to change negative attitudes towards people with disabilities in the local society. The centre also provides dignity and hope for many people who previously relied on street begging or were hidden away at home.

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Sidai Designs

Sidai Designs collaborates with Maasai women to produce and market unique, hand-made, high-end beaded jewellery using traditional techniques. The organization is built on strong ethical principles and guiding values, creating hope and pride amongst the Maasai community. Utilising traditional craftsmanship empowers the women and builds a foundation for continued development.

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The Mabinti Centre

Mabinti means ‘girls’ in Swahili. The centre trains young women recovering from fistula surgery in screenprinting, sewing, beading and crochet. During a 12-month course the trainees develop the knowledge and skills to establish an income and become financially independent. At the end of their course each graduate is supplied with a starter kit containing a sewing machine, scissors, a supply of fabric and a calculator. After training for a year the Mabinti women are ready to start their own business.

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Sovica Handmade

Sovica means ‘owl’ in Croatian. It is a family business speardheaded by artist mum and entrepreneur Helena. Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Helena’s unique children’s stuffed toys and pillows are designed and handmade by herself  with the rest of her family helping in the various processes. Bongolala has collaborated with Helena, combining her beautiful designs with African wax fabrics.

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