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Pop Up & Chill Handmaker’s Market

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Pop Up and chill returns with the 3rd edition featuring a carefully curated array of artisans and collectors bringing handmade, eco, holistic and vintage goods, and items inspired by Africa and made in Kenya. We will also use this opportunity to launch our new designs.

The market will be held at the lush garden at 910 James Gichuru. The event is free to the public and kid friendly. Healthy food, baked goods, and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Music will be by our favourite DJs, Coco Em and Nairobidhobi and this time with a guest DJ, DJ Bor.

Come through for some funky clothing, jewellery, homeware, books, plants, vinyl and support local independent makers.

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November – December 2016 Events

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 Folks these are the craft fairs you’ll find us at over November and December.
  • Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Craft Fair, Karura Forest: 12th-13th November
  • Xmas Box, Marula, Karen: 18th-20th November
  • Arusha Community Christmas Fair: 19th-20th November
  • German Xmas Charity Bazaar: 26th November
  • The Hub Christmas Fair, Karen: 10th-12th December
  • Pembroke Homemakers Market, Pembroke School, Gilgil: 9th December
  • Ocean Sports Xmas Craft Fair, Watamu: 18th December

You can also find us at our shop in between the fairs at the Nairobi Art Centre in Lavington opposite Lavington Mall where we’re open Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm.

We will also be launching our website and lookbook later this month.

See you at the fairs. Enjoy the holidays.

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Made In Kenya

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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 🙂

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Watch out for these baby onsies coming out soon;

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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.

Bless

– Blog post contribution by @nairobidhobi

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Techno-Africana or something that sounds cool like that….

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!!!

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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…

Remember, to order simply email chillimangodesigns@gmail.com or call 0720-228766.

Listen to: Chemical Calisthenics – Blackalicious (These dudes are brilliant!!)