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Brilliant Bushbells!

Let a bit of African sun into your life with these super colourful clothes and accessories – and support education and livelihoods in a Kenyan village at the same time.

You can’t help feeling a little bit summery (even in the depths of an English autumn) with this range of super colourful cotton clothes and accessories made from traditional African kikoy fabrics and beadwork. What’s more, every purchase helps fund the education of local children and supports families in the coastal village of Watamu in Kenya.

East African born/bred mother and daughter team Anna and Jax came up with the idea of Bushbells – making clothes and accessories from kikoy fabric in Watamu and selling them back in the UK – in order to raise funds for the village school and to help their friend Sammy, a recently widowed tailor with three young children.

In Sammy, Lilian, Ruth and Rehema’s expert hands, a rectangle of handwoven cotton cloth called a kikoy – plain or striped, always colourful and traditionally worn as a sarong by Maasai men – becomes a pair of pull-on trousers., a shirt, a top, a scarf or apron.

Comfy kikoy pull-ons with elasticated waists make great PJ bottoms.

Wear them inside for yoga or for just lounging around.

Wear ’em outside.

But don’t forget your kikoy scarf.

Cook up a storm but put on one of these first.

We particularly love the jewel-coloured towels, made from kikoy one side and fine towelling on the other.

They don’t waste an inch of fabric – off cuts go to make face masks.

Another local man Enoch and his team of bead and leather workers create hand-sewn beaded Maasai belts and bracelets for you…


And collars for your dog.

So far the money they’ve raised has built one school – and they are half way through another – pays for school books,  covers the cost of burseries for 11 children to attend school, and for every single pupil to have a mug of nutritious posho (a maize flour porridge) at Breakfast Club throughout the year.

Buy online, with a wide range of colours and patterns and some bespoke items. Remember, every single purchase goes to fund educational projects in Watamu.

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