Shumba Inc [Zimbabwe]
[Image credit: Wall-hanging – Shumba Inc]
Brighten up the walls of a nursery or young child’s room with adorable, quirky and colourful felt wall-hangings from Harare-based, Shumba Inc. The diverse wildlife found across the African continent is a constant source of inspiration for many and Shumba Inc’s interpretations sees buffalo, lion, giraffe and man’s best friend captured in the delightful childlike innocence that can be found in children’s drawings and give each animal a personality. ‘Shumba’ means lion in Shona, one of Zimbabwe’s languages and Shumba and his friends come in a colourful array of hand puppets, magnets and decorations to name a few.
Operating with the ethos of ‘empowerment through creativity’ the basis for Shumba Inc began in Cape Town where amidst battling cancer, designer and creator Hayley Rogers began creating things as an outlet. The pastime soon turned into a business as a means of enabling Hayley to raise the funds necessary for her medical treatment and long recovery process. Eventually moving back home to Harare, Zimbabwe in 2003; Hayley decided to formally established Shumba Inc as a self-funded philanthropic business, with the support of her mother and sister, bringing together family and the local community all working together to help each other through difficult times.
[Image credits: Wall-hangings – Shumba Inc]
I can just picture the wall-hangings in large white frames dotted around the walls; and Shumba’s Inc other creations could set the tone for a birthday party or even baby shower
… so cute!
For further information on Shumba Inc and where to purchase visit: www.shumbainc.com