In Kloof Street, one of the trendiest streets in Cape Town, lined with it’s many galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants, the vibrancy of Ashanti is striking.

The down-to-earth, boho African shop is filled with a mix of bright colours and natural textures. Floating above and lining the walls, there’s lampshades, baskets, cushions, bags and much more, with their famous giant beanbag taking centre stage.

There’s a relaxed hive of activity in the store – like a market without the chaos. Talk is of their second store opening in the Watershed and orders going out to local and overseas clients.

Ashanti’s mission is to celebrate the brilliance of traditional African craft through contemporary interior design. Rob Walker and his team are passionate about the culture and artistry the business supports. Working with artisans in remote villages, everything is handmade from upcycled and sustainably sourced materials.

Their signature fabric is meticulously handwoven from T-shirt offcuts, making each item unique. So not only are you buying an original, your choice is also ethical.

Pop into the shop at 77 Kloof Street, Gardens, or visit ashantidesign.com

Watch the short documentary on what it’s all about; if nothing else, it will brighten your day.

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