For the Love of Mango Wood

Mango wood is a natural material that forms a significant part of the collections we produce, from table top items to pieces of furniture. We wanted to share with you some of the reasons why we have such a love for this age old wood.

This beautiful material has many distinctive properties and characteristics; it has a unique colouring and can vary from light to dark, and the colour palette can stretch from brown to orange and even shades of pink.

Mango wood is a hard wood; it is strong and durable which makes it a good material for making furniture, and provides longevity to other items including our stylish bowls, platters and chopping boards. We also believe it is a timeless material that won’t date or go out of fashion.

We finish all our mango wood products  with a gentle sanding ensuring each piece is as tactile as it is beautiful. We strongly believe that natural, simple materials and good craftsmanship can transform everyday items into stylish pieces that bring a great source of pleasure to life.

The handmade nature of our products brings with it an attention to detail that mass market items simply cannot offer. The craftspeople who create our collections have years of  experience and a great understanding of mango wood and its properties. Below a craftsman skilfully cuts out one of our mango wood letters.

The delicious mango is the national fruit of India. Mangoes have been cultivated in South East Asia for thousands of years, there is mention of the fruit in 4th century Sanskrit. The mango tree has been a constant presence in India and provided food and wood for centuries. India now provides 36% of the world’s supply.

Another, and perhaps the most important reason for our love of  this beautiful wood is that it is sustainable.  The mango trees are initially grown for their fruit but once they have stopped producing they 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.

Featured in this blog post from top to bottom: Artisan Mango Wood Plates £12.95 – 16.95, Artisan Mini Bowls (Set of 3) £14.95, Bawana Salad Servers £14.95, Edha Chopping Board £8.95, Mango Wood Pizza Board £19.95 – £49.95, Vintage Gold Bottle Opener £12.95, Vintage Gold Cork Screw £16.95, Vintage Gold Nutcracker £16.95, Sarisha Mango Wood Bowl £89.95, Chunni Chopping Board £18.95 – £34.95, Distressed Letters £6.50.

You can see more of our mango wood products here.

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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.