Find Your Chitenge Cheer
The Zambezi Joy Society brilliantly blossomed into business in June 2020 with a deep, dedicated desire to spread chitenge cheer around this great and giddy globe.
Through the ribald, ridiculous and repugnant trauma of COVID, the soil and soul of our team of local, Zambian artisans was fertile with new ideas. This is how our Little Shop of Colours was foundered, flowered and fruited.
Zambezi Joy Society’s heart is wrapped in the most boisterous and beautiful chitenge, the name Zambians give to the bold, bright, and blissful fabric used in the majority of our products.
Worn by women traditionally as a sign of respect, chitenge is wrapped around the waist, chest, over the head as a headscarf, or even as the most snuggly baby sling. Zambian women also use this fabric to make beautiful outfits which are used for celebratory occasions.
The spectacular spectrum of colours and sometimes discombobulating designs on the fabric were originally done using traditional techniques, but have evolved to include more modern practices too.
We hope that you can join in the fun and brighten your world (and ours) with our reimagined use of chitenge in your home. Chitenge cheer for the win!
This is the kind of cheer that also helps to empower small local business women and men.
Aggie Banda - Founding Partner, Online Host & Brightest Star In The Sky;
Tina Aponte - Founding Partner, Chief Table Layer & Background Crafty Person.
Who We Are
All Shop Profits Go To The Community
There is so much good that we can do through this new endeavour with the incredible Zambezi Makers! We are so grateful to be able to inject the shop profits into the areas in the local community that need it most, especially during these trying COVID times.
Take a look at where the money from our Online Shop goes!
Tina Aponte, Royal Chundu Owner
There is so much talent and passion all around us at Royal Chundu! We’ve always endeavoured to support local artists through the lodge as much as possible. And after much interest from our travellers, we’re now sharing these talents with the rest of the world too. It was by combining this dream with my love for colourful Chitenge-infused tablesettings for gatherings, simple or grand, with family or friends, that the Royal Chundu online shop was born. An online marketplace to connect you with the inspiring artisans of Zambia, who constantly keep busy, working and creating, to ensure that they can feed and support their families.
Aggie Maseko Banda, Lodge Manager
One of the women creating items for our online shop is Joyce Mutakatala. Joyce worked as a housekeeper at Royal Chundu for many years but is now retired. She helps in the lodge laundry when we are very busy and has been making reed mats for the online shop as she is a very committed grandmother with a big family to care for.
Hessah Silwebbe, Royal Chundu GM
Mrs Njapao, who lives in a village neighbouring us at Royal Chundu, made all the napkins and tablecloths for our online shop with her old Flying Dove machine, powered by foot. She is hoping to buy herself an electric, industrial machine to help grow her business. We are hoping to help her achieve this goal!