Rui Yamashita is the artist behind Kangarui. She was born in Japan, raised in Kenya and her life experiences are reflected in each of her designs. A quirky fusion style, filled with color and often with animals found in East Africa, she wishes to spread her safari love around the world. We are thrilled to have her plates as part of the Ubuntu African Market.
Colorful, fun and break-proof. These plates are great for picnics or family dinners at home. These come as a set of 4 dinner plates, one of each animal (Cheetah, Giraffe, Cape Buffalo & Elephant).
Loomed from 100% Tanzanian cotton, each piece is hand-dyed and woven on traditional wooden looms. These blankets are a great addition to anyone's home! Use them as a bed-spread, colorful accented throw, or to snuggle up on the couch.
Size: 92" x 57"
Care: They can be machine washed on cold wash but we recommend handwashing these blankets. The cotton will become softer with every wash.
If you do machine wash, please place it in a delicate bag or pillowcase to avoid snagging while washing. Wash with similar colors and air dry. Do not tumble dry or dry clean. You can iron on medium heat if needed.
Chunky Cuff Duo
The latest addition to our jewelry metal collection, the Chunky Cuff Duo is born from our lifelong affinity for stacking and layering our bangles, bracelets, and cuffs. We set out to design the perfect addition to any collection — a cuff set that can be both bold and refined. The beauty is that these cuffs can be worn together or individually. You decide! They are incredibly versatile, making them a timeless and essential part of any jewelry collection.
Handmade by artisans in Kenya
Material: Hand cast recycled brass
Clear coating finishing
Sizing: (S/M) - 45mm (h) x 55mm (w) with an 27mm opening
Care: To keep your bracelet looking shiny, we recommend a gentle metal polisher for occasionally cleaning and a soft cloth to remove tarnish. To better preserve the bracelet, we recommend to not wear them in water.
These bracelets are beautiful, but way too small to fit on an adult wrist, and possibly a child's.
Gorgeous, but waaayyy too small.
I wish I had taken the reviews more seriously. There were four 5-star reviews at the time of my purchase, and two of them said (in a nutshell), these bracelets are beautiful, but they are too small. I am going to add my voice to that chorus. But they are so lovely, I didn't want to believe the other reviewers.
These bracelets are beautiful, but they are way too small. They are simple, stylish and beautifully classic. They are clearly well made, and they have such a nice heavy weight. I can see them being part of a simple and sophisticated look -- white tee-shirt, jeans and these bracelets. But they aren't any good to me if I can't wear them.
I am 5'7" and height-weight proportionate. My bone structure is simply too large for these bracelets. I would say if you are a petite person or you have a delicate bone structure or you are buying these for a young person, you're good to go. Buy them. Enjoy them. Wear them with joy. But if any of those situations is not you, I would say don't bother ordering them. You'll have to send them back or give them away.
I love this company, and I will definitely be back for more products; however, I am unlikely to buy bracelets from Ubuntu again.
I absolutely loved the bracelets, unfortunately, my wrists are too small and I had to return them. Which was very easy. I have bought a lot of items from their store for myself and as gifts. I love what they stand for.
I like wearing each separately or together. Fits well and feels good on my arm.
I love the Chunky Cuff duo very much. Unfortunately it is too small for my arm. Due to the delivery costs, I cannot return it. I will probably give it away to one in my family and friends community, who will love it, like I do.
You should think about an online shop in Europe :-) Thanks a lot, you have beautiful things.
I love love ❤️ these open cuffs. They are so well made. The beauty and quality exceeds my expectations. They look like real gold. Gorgeous.!
African Baule Cloth Bag
Our African Baule Cloth Bags are a thing of beauty. Inspired by Creative Director Amal Wilemon's love for African textiles, we stitch each bag from no less than ten different hand-dyed Baule Cloths from Côte D’Ivoire.
Hand-stitched in our Maker Studio located in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, each bag is unique and one of a kind. What's more, your bag is eternally connected to other bags made with parts of the same Baule Cloth. What we love about this is that this bag connects each of its owners to what it means to #liveubuntu, a manifestation of the interconnected nature of our shared humanity, each woven to the other, living boldly and beautifully into the world!
Size: 18" x 16", strap drop 7"
Due to its unique nature, each piece will vary slightly.
We do not recommend laundering textiles. Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.
Every product supports meaningful, full-time employment in Kenya!
The Weekender - Black & Eggshell
Going out of town for the weekend? Our new Weekender is just what you need for a fun-filled trip! Roomy & easy for weekend trips or for those who need a bit more room during the workweek.
This bag is the quintessential multi-purpose bag. Throw your towel, SPF, portable speaker & hit the road. We love its functionality and bright & playful design.
100% Natural cotton canvas
Hand screen printed Kuba Cloth pattern
Lead-free water-based inks used for silk screen printing
Magnetic button closure
Internal zipper pocket with YKK zipper closure to secure smaller essential items
All leather straps & trims are sourced from one of Kenya's finest & oldest tanneries
Roomy main compartment
Reinforced leather handles - allowing your bag to hold up to 40lbs.
Piping seams running vertically along the sides of the bag & around the bottom of the bag, help give the bag a standing structure & reinforces the seems of the bag making this super sturdy!
A symbolic 36° diagonal stitch which represents our factory location in Kenya is located on the front of each bag.
Hand beaded tab made by our Maasai Maker Mums
Every product supports meaningful, full-time employment in Kenya
Please note - Each Kuba Cloth pattern varies in each product due to the handmade nature - they are uniquely different JUST LIKE YOU!
14” H X 19" W + 7" strap drop
To spot treat, wet the Wash & Stain Barand gently work into the stained area(s). Remove soap and dirt with a wet Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth—be sure to remove all soap. Dampen the cloth as needed, and repeat the process until satisfied.
If necessary, gently wipe your print with a soft cloth that has been slightly dampened with water. Never use chemicals to clean your print. When doing so ensure that all leather parts are carefully protected from water.
Absolutely LOVE this bag! Perfect for my spa day and holds so much! The inside zipper pocket plus the attached bag holds smaller things east to find. My favorite go-to bag. And the best part is where it came from!
Took a while to get here, BUT, I LOVE IT. The handles I especially appreciate, very sturdy. I love big bags & this fit the bill, plus I LOVE African prints. Thank you & BLESSINGS to all the artisans.
I love my bag it's beautiful I had got it for a gift for my mother-in-law for Christmas and I know she is going to love it too. It also came in a nice covering bag as well. I brought the large tote bag. It is so nice I almost kept it for myself but I'm not. It's a gift. But... I will be buying 3 more one for me one for my two sisters. You too will love this bag .
I will upload photos when I use for my upcoming weekender. It is absolutely fabulous, great quality and design. It's better than the expected!!
I absolutely love the two large bags in black and white, the craftsmanship and details have far exceeded my expectations. They arrived each wrapped in a reusable cloth bag, the stitching, graphics and design of both items is now my personal statement when I am traveling. Thank you and keep designing new fabulous items for the world to enjoy
I have been looking at this bag for awhile and finally purchased....so happy I did! I love it!
Love the bag! Perfect size, wonderful stylish print, hefty, well-made, perfect tote for carrying all the things I might need…
I love my new bag. The colors are beautiful a d the quality is exceptional! Buying the matching tote.
Can't choose a photo to show it in action... It is a gift for my daughter in law. I know that she will love it, though.
Love it except it needs a stronger magnet closure…won’t stay closed with a reasonable amount of contents.
I was so pleased at the quality of the product I received. It is the perfect size to use to take to the beach or travel with on a long weekend. The handle is beautiful and I appreciated the bag it was shipped inside. I highly recommend this unique and attractive tote.
Love, love, love these bags! Everyone else does too - I’m back to buy one for my Sister’s BDay (I wouldn’t give her mine). They are well made and beautiful. Thank you.
Got my bag today…I LOVE IT SO BEAUTIFUL…
the bag was bigger then expected.. and I love it.. can’t wait to show it off. I want one in every color.. thank you for such a beautiful bag..
Everything I wanted as far as quality, size, workmanship. When using as a weekend bag snap has a tendency to pop open. Wish it zipped.
Beautiful bag! Very roomy and comfortable leather handle. Well made and love it’s uniqueness.
Great bag. Well made. Thank you!
Love this bag! Firstly, it feels great to be able to support a business like this as opposed to a large corporation. Second, the shipping was incredibly fast and everything came exactly as pictured. We even received a really nice bag..that the bag was stored in! I bought this for my mom for Mother's Day and she's soooo excited to start using this.
The bag just arrived and I’ve already packed it for the pool tomorrow. Love the sturdy fabric, the bold black and eggshell graphic print and the comfortable handles. I do wish the description and dimensions had indicated that it was a bucket bag 14”H x 19”D. but it is a great bag. Looking forward to using it a lot.
This bag is gorgeous and super well made. Can’t wait to take her out!
Beautifully designed bag; it’s deep, sturdy and quality made; the mud cloth is authentic; and big enough for plenty of items! Great buy! LOVE IT!!
I absolutely love my bag!!!! I use for school and it fits everything I need!
I love this bag and getting ready to sport on vacation after a year in quarantine! The bag is so well made and stylish!
Happy to support Ubuntu Life!
Love this bag. Different design and seems to be well made
Love the Funky vibe of the material! Just what I was hoping for!
Great quality and beauty!
Love the bag.
What got my attention was the beautiful black and ivory geometric print,
love the leather combination but once I got the back I realized that it was a great bucket bag which the photos didn’t show it .
I was very pleased with the quality of the Weekender - Black & Eggshell bag.
This bag is AMAZING!! It’s a really nice heavy canvas. The colors are vibrant. The quality is exceptional.
I love my Ubuntu travel bag! Beautifully made!
This bag is IT!!!!
OMG - I just received the 'Weekend' bag. It is STUNNING!!!
I am giving this bag as a gift, so I can't speak to the functionality... but I LOVE that it comes in its own protective gift bag! Very snazzy. Silly, but I also loved the black and white tape on the mailing box. Just that extra touch that makes me want to support this company. It arrived in a timely fashion too!
I really love this bag. It’s beautiful and truly a great size for a quick weekend getaway. I’ve only used it once and got so many compliments.
Although I haven’t used it for the beach yet!! It has been perfect for carrying all my necessary and unnecessary (lol) items for backyard COVID-19 quaint gatherings. I can get everything in this bag and it keeps it’s beautiful shape which is what I loved the most... The quality of the bag is top notch! My family and friends have already made purchases after seeing my bag, shoes and mask... What can I say Ubuntu Life has made me a trendsetter, LOL!!!
Will make a great gift and it sturdy coNstruction is just what will be needed for the beach.
This bag is gorgeous. I thought it was a 'beach bag' but it is more like stunning arm jewelry.
I love it.
Choker Necklace - Pearl / Gold
This choker necklace combines the best of our beaded bracelets with elements from our brass collection. Each brass cube is a hand-cast from 100% recycled brass and stamped by hand with LOVE.
"They are SO elegant, SO holiday," Creative Director Amal Wilemon says of our Pearl Collection of bracelets and necklaces. Adorable cube brass bead accents accentuate and compliment the stunning pearl beads. Perfect for the holidays (and beyond!), excellent for layering and wearing with almost everything, our Pearl Collection is the ideal holiday gift for yourself and others. Happy holidays!
Handmade in Ngong Hills, Kenya
Materials: Pearl beads / Nylon cord / Brass beads
Size:The necklace is 15 1/2" closed & 24 1/2" when opened. Adjustable sliding knot closure.
Care: To keep your bracelet looking shiny, we recommend a gentle metal polisher for occasionally cleaning and a soft cloth to remove tarnish. To better preserve the bracelet, we recommend to not wearing them in water.
Every product supports meaningful, full-time employment in Kenya!