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.
What you are looking at is the Space Jiko, an upgrade from the previous Terrestrial Jiko,
copies of which can be found in the corners of many kitchens around the country. The original
Terrestrial Jiko, forged from the fires of Mount Longonot by a wizard long since forgotten,
could warm a large hut, gather a whole village around it in the evenings to marvel at its
glowing embers and roast mammothian steaks in five minutes flat. Or so the legend goes.
The Space Jiko, on the other hand, while possessing all the functionality of its predecessor,
can also be expanded to heat a large enough star-ship as well as roast a large extraterrestrial
animal, should Mankind ever find an alien species they want to make burgers or perhaps kebabs,
out of. In these cold, overcast days, its glow can help cool people find each other.
Limited supply, so order one now. A handful of charcoal MAY be provided. Batteries not included.
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The Jiko is a stove that uses Charcoal and is common in many Kenyan homes. It is yet another symbol of pride in Kenyan workmanship and innovation. The Jiko has evolved over time and you can find some really innovative designs of professional charcoal and wood fueled stoves and ovens over at Cookswell Energy Saving Jikos.
Kindly send your orders to thechilli[at]chillimango[dot]co[dot]ke or chillimangodesigns[at]gmail[dot]com. Warm sweatshirts, T-shirts, Tanks and Posters available.
If you’re an information junkie and would like to find out more about the Jiko and it’s history, then head out here.
We recently had the pleasure of working with the most amazing bunch of creatives, thank you serendipity. From an extraordinary photographer to an amazing model/stylist to this chap who’s a member of one of the best bands to come from Kenya, to this other guy who organizes a really cool art event every other month and so on. In addition, providence had it that our location of choice had just the right kind of material for an amazing backdrop.
Part 1 of this series features some ChilliMango’s t-shirts while Part 2 will showcase our Khanga hoodies so watch out for that. Ladies and gents, marvel at the genius of Osborne Macharia and while you do, enjoy these rad tunes.
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…
ChilliMango is an Afro-Urban Streetwear brand based in Kenya. Our clothing is made by hand with the best fabric available and we put a lot of thought into our designs. We believe in the true beauty and vibrancy of our continent and do our best to capture it in the clothes we make. We specialize in casual and smart-casual wear with a touch of Afro-inspiration.
Right now we have a range of tees (showcased here) ready for order but we also make a whole lot of other stuff such as Khanga hoodies, Khanga dresstops, bags, posters etc.. Our designs are suited to men, women and kids so we REALLY do have you covered!
To place your orders please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also deliver; delivery fees vary based on your location.
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