Category Archives: Travel

Autumn in Paris

Autumn kicks off in Paris with the infamous trade show Maison et Objet. It is essentially a trade only event but many Parisians take the opportunity to browse the show for inspiration and ideas. This exhibition takes trade stand design to a whole new level with companies constructing entire buildings to showcase their new collections. [...]

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The First Chapter

Our very first Nkuku product was a recycled cotton notebook handmade in Rajasthan. We spent five weeks working closely with the artisans to produce a collection of stationary that we hoped would sell well in the UK. The entire process was as fascinating to us then as it is today. Each piece of paper is [...]

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A RAJASTHANI ADVENTURE PART I

It was over ten years ago that Alistair and myself set off on our travels, the outcome of which was to become Nkuku. For a long time we had wanted to take our brood out to India and show them why we love it so much. Our journey started in Delhi where we held a Nkuku lunch and conference. This was [...]

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NKUKU INDIA CONFERENCE

In April a few of the Nkuku team, Ali, myself and our children set off for India.  The purpose of our trip was to  host a conference and lunch for all our suppliers. The venue was in Delhi and our suppliers came from far and wide to join us for a wonderful day of business, socialising [...]

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A TRAVEL BLOG

  We make regular trips to India visiting suppliers, working on new designs and ensuring everything is as it should be. Our Operations Director Chris, recently returned from one such trip and here he shares his experiences. Setting off at 4:30am from a Delhi hotel in the dark is like leaving any hotel in any city [...]

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NKUKU IN NEW YORK

The Nkuku sales team has recently returned from NY Now, a wonderful exhibition held in the Javits Centre; a vast glass building (above)  in Midtown Manhattan. Taking part in trade shows around the globe is a definite perk of the job!  We had a fantastic show and as always it was great to catch up with our American customers. Despite the long [...]

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BEAUTIFUL FAIR TRADE MALI POTTERY

Our Mali pottery is hand made near Pondicherry in India as part of a fair trade project. The project was established in 1985 to provide  training and secure employment for men and women both able bodied and disabled, from disadvantaged backgrounds. The scheme now employs 40 people and focusses particularly on emporwering women in the work place. All the artisans [...]

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MAGICAL MARKETS

A recent trip to Marrakech confirmed yet further our love for markets, from the narrow pink alleyways of the souks in Marrakech to the gathering of market barrows in Borough Market; from the flowers in Covent Garden and the spice and vegetable carts of Rajasthan to the fish market in Tokyo (now moving I believe).  The heart and soul of [...]

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INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS

At Nkuku we believe that the best way to generate new ideas and concepts is to get out and about. Inspiration and ideas come from the bustle of London to the dizzying streets of Delhi, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. The artisans we are fortunate to work with are from different parts of the globe and it is wonderful to [...]

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ESSENCE OF INDIA

India is a photographer’s paradise and one of the great delights of being a part of Nkuku is getting the opportunity to travel there. Strangely the more we visit the more we feel we have to learn.  The diversity is overwhelming. The colours, noise and smells hit you right between the eyes but it’s addictive. [...]

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.