Every now and again, whilst scouting for locally made products for our #KnysnaMade campaign, we stumble upon something particularly special that really gives us that warm fuzzy feeling. Little Tribe is one such product. The brain child of Swedish born Emma Vintang, who now lives in Sedgefield with her South African husband and young child, Little Tribe was launched in an effort not only to create employment opportunities for local mothers in Sedgefield and Knysna, but also to see the profits generated from sales going back into the community - toward the safe housing, food and schooling for local children in need. It is truly an inspirational initiative.
Emma's experience working as a high-end fashion buyer and Brand Manager in Stockholm, London and Bali has been instrumental in the success of Little Tribe and her passion for fashion and design is now being channelled into helping uplift women and children. She also has her own successful clothing range but much of her spare time is spent getting Little Tribe off the ground.
Using mostly South African materials, each item in their collection is handmade with loads of love! Included in Little Tribe's treasure trove are beautiful Dream Catchers, which are Native American in origin and are hung above a child's bed as a charm to protect them from nightmares. Only good dreams are believed to filter through and bad dreams would get caught in the web, disappearing in the first light of day. These are made by a very creative group of mothers in Sedgefield. It has been a really fantastic way for many of them to supplement their earnings and you can tell by looking at each piece that they put a lot of energy into their craft. “It is so cool and exciting when I convey certain design ideas to the group”, Emma says, “and they totally exceed my expectations.”
Little Tribe also makes a unique range of handmade designer kids clothing and bedding. Three seamstresses have been employed on a full time basis at a studio in Knysna and together they create truly unique and genuinely timeless clothing which could best be described as a combination of both vintage and bohemian. They also make children's bedding and teepees and the textiles which they design themselves are printed locally in Knysna.
Emma has recently opened a Little Tribe outlet in Sweden, and has since garnered a lot of support. “People over there love the clothes and other items we are producing and they are very positive about supporting such a worthwhile cause,”she says.
The profits generated by Little Tribe are used to buy necessities, such as food, clothing and bedding for the children in the location of Smutsville and are given through the local NGO Masithandane in Sedgefield.
Little Tribe can be found at the Scarab Market in Sedgefield, The Montessori Friday Night Market, Chlobella & Kids at the Knysna Mall, Pure Collection in Plett and from November they will be opening a pop-up summer shop at the Tin House Cafe in Knysna. They also sell their product online.
Please support this amazing cause, visit: www.little-tribe.com