Inspired by the classic African Barbershop and Salon signage style, this design started off as a fabric pattern but we just couldn’t resist making it into a t-shirt print. We first printed the pattern on Canvas then made some super cool tote bags and pouches as seen below.
All derivatives; t-shirts, posters, postcards, bags and fabric (by the metre) are available for purchase at our new space at the Nairobi Art Centre in Lavington opposite the Lavington Mall. We’re open Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm.
For queries and orders, feel free to reach us on phone 0727 361 932 or via email: chillimangodesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.
Paais a Swahili word that means to soar. Just as the jumping dance is a rite of passage, this design represents our own coming of age. It’s been 5 years since we officially started ChilliMango y’all.
Not only have we released this design to commemorate our 5th year in business but we will also be movingshop from our Ngong road studio to a new, bigger and better space that will be announced in due time.
In more ChilliMango news, from January 2016, the store price for our t-shirts will go up from KES 1,200 to KES 1,500. This increase is to facilitate growth, improve our quality and expand our product variety to help serve you better. We try our best to provide great quality and ethical Kenyan hand-made products at a great price. Please continue supporting this local business so that ChilliMango can become that Kenyan brand that’s making big waves internationally,
To place your order for a poster or tee, kindly send us an email to chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[.]com or thechilli[at]chillimango[.]co[.]ke
As you can expect from a company named after a tasty childhood treat, all our designs are pretty personal in some way or other, and ‘Made In Kenya’ is an ethos that’s close to our hearts. Beyond shouting out a really special country, we feel that this design encapsulates a lot of stuff we’ve been thinking and talking a lot about.
This design is about the people who are working to build local economies, and brands that have cultural currency in Kenya, and the world. This design is about supporting those people, whether it be the local mama mboga, musician, designer, artist, jua kali guy e.t.c.
We feel it’s important to create stuff that inspires people, that makes their day in some way or other, and we also feel that it’s important to support the people that are creating these things.
The thing about most small local businesses is that they tend to be more ethical, environmentally friendly than your regular multinational company. Now wouldn’t it be great if we all supported local producers rather than sweatshop factories and nature destroyers who are only out for profit without regard for the future generations and the earth.
We really appreciate the ChilliMango massive for all the support, and for letting us know that it’s possible to build something like this in our city. It’s hard to create handmade products and sometimes you interact with people who don’t necessarily understand everything that goes into it but it’s great to see more people buying locally produced products. You guys are awesome!!
Keep growing your local economy and wear this t-shirt while at it 🙂
Watch out for these baby onsies coming out soon;
To place your order, drop us an e-mail; thechilli[at]chillimango[.]co[.]ke or chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[.]com.
You can also visit our studio on Ngong road between Nakumatt Junction & Brew Bistro at a building with red bricks opposite Kenya Science Campus & next to Nazish motors inside a black & white gate. We’re at the topmost floor, 1st door on the left. We are open between 11am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday.
Hey Folks, So we’ll just spare you the details of where we’ve been and skip right to where we’ll be.. taking our merch over the next few weeks. We’ll update you soon enough on our new designs and basically why we’ve been M.I.A here, this long. Here goes;
Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Craft Fair, Karura Forest: 15th-16th November
Xmas Box, Marula Manor,Karen: 21st -23rd November
‘Note for a Smile’ charity event, Lord Erroll, Runda: 27th November
German Xmas Charity Bazaar: 29th November
Ngong Racecourse Christmas Fair: 6th-7th December
Pembroke House Makers Market, Pembroke School, Gilgil: 12th December
Vipingo Ridge Craft Fair, Vipingo: 19th December
Driftwood Xmas Fair, Malindi: 20th December
Ocean Sports Xmas Craft Fair, Watamu: 21st December
It’s known as Funji in Angola, Nshima in Zambia, pap, Mealie-meal or Sadza in other parts of Southern Africa and even in Italy as Polenta. Ugali as it’s known in East Africa is maize flour cooked in water to form a thick porridge like dish. It’s commonly eaten with Sukuma Wiki (Kale) +/- meat stew and/or Nyama Choma (roasted meat)
Best way to eat Ugali is to grab…well not grab but pull a small portion of it, roll it into a ball in your palm and dip it in the stew/choice accompaniment.
Here are our fresh new tees to celebrate that Ugali goodness..
So hey what other names are there for Ugali especially in sheng?
The hardest part of this whole process isn’t about coming up with the designs, it’s about coming up with the post to go along with it. So this time I invited a friend, @breadboo, to help. Here’s what she said;
“Of the American Gothic, Grant Wood said he decided to paint the house with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house”…
The African Gothic here is with the kind of people that live in the African Hut under the African Sun.
The spray can continues the tale of ChilliMango’s fascination with African Culture/Tradition’s coexistence with Technology/Modernity.”
My bit (which hopefully doesn’t suck too much): I guess if you know the American Gothic, then I don’t really need to explain what inspired this design. Initially, the spray can was meant to be a spear but that would’ve been the cliché of the century don’t you think? No? Oh well…
Around the same time I came up with the ‘Ati?’ design, I sketched the following designs. It was quite bland so I shelved it for about 10 months and decided to revisit and tweak it recently. Here’s how it took shape after numerous sketches…
Disclaimer: The following sentence will contain a bunch of (OK just one..two..) design references.
And now, the final design after tracing, tweaking and all that other good stuff in Adobe Illustrator.
And finally the tees…
T-shirts will be available in a variety of colors depending on availability. To place your order send an email to email@example.com.
Come check out our Merch and enjoy live Music, Poetry & much more every last Sunday of the month at the Kinanda Arts Festival.
Have you taken the time to study how the African culture & tradition has to coexist with technology? Is it not fascinating?
I was introduced to Blackalicious, a hip hop duo, in 2003-2004 and their album cover (Blazing Arrow) just blew me away as did the music. It had a couple of Maasais either carrying a crate of LPs or just with headphones on. Just Brilliant!!!
Therefore, for two months I have been trying to come up with some cool designs that sort of have that feel of balance between African culture & technology. Our roots, our history makes us who we are…. African!
So I give you two new designs; Usawa & Boombox Maasai. Usawa is Swahili for balance/equilibrium…