These lovely Nkuku cotton throws are incredibly tactile, knitted from cotton with a loose stitch known as 'moss stitch'. They are available in three muted shades and are made from cotton that can even go in the washing machine, but it still pays to use a gentle wash.
Seen here in the main image, from the top of the pile: Pewter, Sky Blue (not available), Stone.
Please note: The Pewter colour is more like Taupe, a mid-brown with an olive tint.
Size: 125 x 180cm.
Nkuku were delighted to receive the award for ‘Most Ethical Business’ in the Business Values Category at the 'Make' awards ceremony held in Soho, London in 2011.
Please note: Allow up to eight days for your Throw to be sent out to you. Thank you.
Nkuku specialise in stylish, eco-friendly and fair trade gifts.
All their products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. The name ‘Nkuku’ was borrowed from a village in Zambia. Nkuku combine contemporary designs with age-old techniques, natural materials and sustainable methods of production to ensure each product is truly exceptional.
Nkuku was founded after a year travelling and working in Africa and India, meeting artisans, and witnessing their astounding skills but challenging living standards and restricted opportunities. Their objective became to promote and develop the traditional skills of these artisans and bring their work to the UK market through wholesale and retail channels. Whilst promoting fair trade and establishing a business that could provide a lifestyle change for families and an income for themselves. Nkuku is socially responsible and is built on the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity.
At Nkuku they aim to promote and develop the traditional skills of artisans, who have astounding skills but challenging living standards and restricted opportunities, bringing their work to the UK market through wholesale and retail channels. Whilst promoting fair trade and equal opportunity.
The currently accepted definition of fair trade is:
“Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seek greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South. Fair Trade Organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.”
Nkuku support fair trade and local community initiatives, working with a number of social projects, co operatives and family businesses. In brief, this means that suppliers are paid a decent wage for their work; working conditions are safe and a good standard; no children are exploited. All products are skilfully created in a positive and pleasant environment.
They ensure compliance with this code of conduct by making regular visits to suppliers. They also maintain a close and personal relationship with the artisans themselves, and know that they are very proud of their work and their workforce.
WFTO World Fair Trade Organisation (IFAT)
Nkuku is a member of the WFTO.
Membership of the WFTO is limited to organizations that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10 Principles of Fair Trade. WFTO members who are monitored against these Principles are listed in the FT100 index of world-leading Fair Trade brands, businesses and organisations. Not just the pioneers of the movement but the innovators of the market.
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is the global representative body of over 350 organisations committed to 100% Fair Trade. The WFTO is the authentic voice of Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values.
The WFTO operates in 70 countries across 5 regions; Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North American and the Pacific Rim, with elected global and regional boards, to create market access through policy, advocacy, campaigning, marketing and monitoring. It is the only global network whose members represent the Fair Trade chain from production to sale.
WFTO members are organisations differentiated by their 100% Fair Trade commitment to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development; pioneering social and environmental policy and practice and continual reinvestment in marginalised artisans, farmers and producer communities in some of the most fragile places on earth. Environment
Nkuku are an environmentally aware company. They endeavour to create products using recycled and natural materials through a handmade process. They consider the environment in everything they do and it has a large impact on the products that they sell
Nkuku work with a number of recycled materials:
Their photograph albums and journals are handmade from cotton paper. Created from pieces of recycled cotton, this ancient paper making skill has been passed on from generation to generation. The cotton is not grown specifically for papermaking; instead, they collect the cotton left over from the clothing industry. It would otherwise go to waste. The paper is perfect for photograph albums and journals and it is great to think that each sheet has been made by hand.
Their wool throws are hand made from recycled wool and finished with a soft felt border. The discarded wool garments are collected and all the buttons, zips and poppers removed; leaving only the wool. This wool is then sorted into colours and these colour groups are then ground into a very thin fibre; this fibre is then turned into new wool yarn creating stylish new products to use again and again.
They use recycled traditional heavy saris; some up to 25 years old to make their heavy sari range. The sari's come in assortment of rich colours made from luxurious silk threads. This ensures that each album and journal is always unique.
The mango wood used is sustainable. Mango trees are initially grown for their fruit but once the trees reach a certain size and age, they stop bearing fruit. It is then that the trees can be cut down and used to create wood products. The removal of the old trees makes space for farmers to plant new mango trees. This not only means that none of the wood is wasted but offers a supplementary income to mango wood farmers. Mango woos is a hard wood that comes in many shades of light and dark. The sham wood used is taken from sustainable forests and is government certified.
They work with as many natural dyes as possible, such as tree bark and vegetable extract. All other dyes that are used with their products contain no harmful ingredients and are AZO free and chemical free dyes and meet with EU legislation.
Their frames are handmade from either a mix of recycled light metals or aluminiumRecycling aluminium requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions as compared with primary production and reduces waste going to landfill. Aluminium can be recycled indefinitely.
All Nkuku glass is 100% recycled. Although glass is one of the most harmless materials produced by the world (this is because it is essentially made of raw materials) it does not break down in landfill. Recycling glass not only saves energy (50% less energy than that required to make new glass) but is an ongoing process, as glass can be recycled continually. This means they can create new beautiful glass products with less impact on our environment.