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Mulberry Mongoose jewellery creations

Mulberry Mongoose jewellery creations

A typical Mulberry Mongoose creation
A typical Mulberry Mongoose creation
MULBERRY MONGOOSE

 

BY : JULIA JACKSON

www.mulberrymongoose.com

info@mulberrymongoose.com

Mulberry Mongoose is a small Zambian business that is both locally conscious and globally ambitious. Local women artisans handcraft jewellery and accessories in the heart of the South Luangwa, a national park and wildlife protection area which is famed for its walking safaris and abundance of animals.

These accessories are created using indigenous organic materials from the African bush. Materials used include feathers, hand carved wooden beads, recycled paper and snare wire as well as bone, glass and iconic artefacts interlaced with internationally sourced metals and semi-precious gemstones.

Mulberry Mongoose, aside from supporting local women, is also in partnership with the South Luangwa Conservation Society and the Zambian Carnivore programme. Both of these organisations address the immediate needs of wildlife conservation in the Luangwa by funding and conducting much needed anti-poaching patrols. Patrols are deployed regularly to remove snares and confiscate snare wire which is donated to Mulberry Mongoose.

The potentially destructive and fatal wire is then re-shaped and incorporated into complex and creative items of jewellery by the artisans’ nimble fingers. In the last two and a half years, 6,000 units of this community boosting and environmentally friendly jewellery have been sold all over the world and to people from many walks of life. Mulberry Mongoose snare bracelets have been worn by Hilary Clinton, Leonardo Di Caprio, Sting and Richard Branson. Through sales Mulberry Mongoose has raised some $30,000 for snare patrols.