MALIMBA is a rural village within the Mfuwe area on the edge of South Luangwa National Park in Eastern Zambia.  There were, until recently, no schools in this area and children were having to walk up to 6km a day to attend classes - and even then often there were no places available for them when they got there.

In mid 2001 the community decided to start a school and with no outside assistance or funds they built a mud and thatch classroom and the school was opened!  For many children this was the first time they had the opportunity to attend classes. The teachers were dedicated volunteers but not formally qualified at that stage.

Very soon they outgrew their small "classroom" as nearly 100 children would regularly attend these basic lessons!  The children had no desks, chairs, pens or paper; they sat on bricks and took turns writing with chalk on a homemade blackboard.

THE COMMUNITY SOON REALISED THEY NEEDED HELP to make their dream of eduction for their children a reality and came to TRIBAL TEXTILES for assistance and the MALIMBA COMMUNITY SCHOOL FUND WAS CREATED.

Tribal Textiles have therefore created a range of products below specifically to raise funds for Malimba Community School - up to two thirds of the wholesale price goes to the FUND (Please see images below)

Please visit our online SHOP to see what MALIMBA COMMUNITY SCHOOL PRODUCTS are available-please contact ANGELA LEMON for further information on these products if you wish to make a bulk order.


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What We Do

We import Hand Painted textiles from "Tribal Textiles" in Zambia.  AFRICAN AMBIENCE is the Australian stockist for these unique products.

We believe in Fair Trade and Community Development initiatives. By selling these textiles, not only does this showcase the talent of these individuals, but capacity builds the 100 staff that Tribal Textiles employs.

About Us

We sell Retail to the general public; however WHOLESALE ENQUIRIES WELCOME. Please note-for any special orders where stock is not at hand, please allow approximately 6 weeks as each piece is individually hand painted in Zambia

PAYMENT CAN BE MADE VIA PAYPAL THROUGH THE SHOPPING CART-However, if you wish to purchase through DIRECT FUNDS TRANSFER or CREDIT CARD, please e-mail Angela at


We now offer the convenience of IN HOUSE TRIBAL TEXTILES PARTIES!  If you are interested in hosting a "TRIBAL TEXTILES" PARTY, please contact Angela to book a suitable time-hassle free and the convenience of shopping at home!

New stock has arrived, including the NEW Children's design "BUSH STORIES". A Delightful design where you create the story!

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