Ilala specialises in beautiful handwoven products made from indigenous grasses, cane, river reeds, creepers and ilala palm, baked in the sun of sub-Saharan Africa.
Their signature is to champion the imperfect, with quirky and wonky shapes remaining features of their natural materials and craftsmanship. Ilala has reinvent traditional woven ware for the modern home by converting grain gourds to lamps and adding bespoke details to match individual tastes.
Ilala takes pride in supporting rural, African, weaving communities, particularly women, enabling them to gain financial independence. In real terms this means education for the next generation and in the case of one group, the building of a brick sun shelter, crucial respite from the relentless African sun (and rains).