About Us

Empowering women through employment of artisans from Africa, connecting the ethical consumer to sustainably sourced, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted products

KOLUNTU means COMMUNITY in Xhosa, a national language of South Africa (Nelson Mandela’s native tongue). 

Gorgeous, unique products handcrafted by the tenacious people of South Africa.  Empowering women through employment of artisans from Africa, connecting the ethical consumer to sustainably sourced, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted products.  We are committed to Aesthetic and Quality, bringing you a glamorous piece of Africa to wear for a lifetime.

Being passionately South African, I wanted to share our gorgeous products with Americans.  Dealing in "exotic" components puts us under severe scrutiny, we want people to be proud to wear something alluring but fairly made.

Regarding the Fair Trade Principles, our main areas of concern are: payment of a fair price, ensuring no child/forced labor, ensuring good working conditions and promoting Fair Trade.  We source products in South Africa from like-minded organizations who live by the Fair Trade principles and who can trace all materials to ensure they are sustainably farmed and ethically sourced.

At KOLUNTU we celebrate the wonders of Africa; the vibrant landscapes, the tenacious people, and the endless possibilities the wealth of natural resources provide.  We aim to bring you a unique piece of Africa, touched by the hands of Native Africans who want to uplift and change their lives through hard work and dedication.  Empowering these talented individuals and sharing their stories with the mindful, global consumers who appreciate beauty and design within the context of betterment for all is the aim of the KOLUNTU brand. 

Our logo is a symbolic representation of a Kalinga Doll, which connects Heaven (our ancestors) with Earth (us), a bridge between the past and present.

Become part of our Community: buy good, do good.

In the words of one of the world’s greatest leaders:  "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."   President Nelson Mandela

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