A sneak peek at spring summer

It’s the start of a new year and we are delighted to share with you a glimpse of what lies in store for spring summer 2015.  The collection champions hand made products from beautiful stoneware pottery to traditional brass pieces including elegant pots and unique bookmarks.  There are stylish leather bags, traditional hand coiled baskets and a stunning new furniture collection. We continue to build strong business relations with a mix of social enterprises, family businesses and co operatives all dedicated to traditional crafts.

We have extended our stylish brass pieces to include these elegant pots, each skilfully decorated using age old etching techniques, creating stunning patterns and adding beautiful decorative detail.

These elegant reclaimed  antique cups were originally designed for lassi’s the delicious natural yoghurt based drink. The decorative detailing is all done by hand. The origins of brass work date back to medieval times and these same skills are still in use today.

The new Uka stripe collection includes a selection of bowls and cups. We have branched out to China to find this producer. China has a rich heritage of arts and crafts, sadly it is now more renowned for mass production and many of its traditional skills have been forgotten or overlooked. Artisan producers may be few and far between but we are delighted to have discovered this producer.  This beautiful stoneware collection is handmade and  decorated by hand in this simple but elegant design inspired by traditional Japanese pottery.

We are very excited about the launch of our new leather bags. We have spent a great deal of time developing designs, deciding over stitching details, pocket sizes and leather finishes. We hope you like the result as much as we do. The collection includes satchels, traditional handbags and shoppers. We have chosen two very different leathers, one supple, tactile leather that is rich with character, the other leather is a thicker beautiful rich brown leather that has more structure to it.

These fantastic reclaimed soda bottles and crate form part of our reclaimed collection. The traditional bottles are made from recycled glass and contain a metal ball designed to stop the liquid from pouring out if the bottles were tipped upside down in transport.

These beautiful tall baskets are handmade in southern India by and NGO established to support rural women. The scheme provides a supplementary income to farming families who face the harsh reality of periods of drought and failed harvests. The collective now supports nearly 400 women.  The baskets are each made from coils of jute and finished with leather handles. The craftsmanship is impressive.

Finally, we have created a new bespoke collection of furniture handmade here in Devon by our resident carpenter. The pieces combine reclaimed boards with locally sourced steel.  The collection ranges from stunning tables to trestles, shelves and wardrobes, definitely worth discovering.

These products will soon be available on our website.

Wishing you a very happy new year!

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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.