In Africa, it is told, Bamboula means “to dance, to celebrate”…
and the Bamboula Ltd. collection of products celebrates African artisans and their traditions
Bamboula Ltd. is a Kutztown, PA-based importer and wholesaler of contemporary home accessories, gifts, and jewelry handcrafted in five African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, and Uganda). The company maintains a warehouse in Kutztown, with office space and an active showroom at the same location. The company relocated to Kutztown in February 2000, after operating in New York City for many years.
The company also conducts occasional retail sales in its warehouse in Kutztown, PA, and participates in holiday retail markets in Grand Central Station in New York City.
In 1989, Jasperdean Kobes, the company’s current president and owner, purchased Bamboula, originally established in the 1970’s, to give greater market exposure to the handcraft traditions of African artisans while creating more opportunities for employment and economic development in Africa. At present, over 100 artisans produce items for Bamboula Ltd. Jasperdean has over 30 years of work experience in Africa.
Bamboula Ltd. works with artisans in villages throughout Africa to create products for export to world markets. Its extensive collection of products highlights Africa’s indigenous artistic talent in design and craftsmanship. It draws upon the wealth of traditional motifs and symbolism, as well as the extraordinary color and beauty of the continent.
The company’s product line includes decorative housewares, tabletop, wall décor, small furniture items, garden accessories, holiday ornaments, jewelry, and other gift items. A wide range of materials are used to manufacture the line including wood, metal, glass, brass, clay, leather, straw, sisal, and textiles. The selection of items offered by Bamboula Ltd. has been chosen with an eye to style and function for the contemporary consumer in the US. Jasperdean travels to Africa several times a year to collaborate with artisans in the development of new products for the American market.
Bamboula Ltd. exhibits at major trade shows in New York and San Francisco. The company counts among its customers many independent gift stores and museum gift shops in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean; national mail-order catalogs; store chains; zoos; and internet companies.
Bamboula Ltd.’s products have appeared in Sundance fall 2004/spring 2007, Coldwater Creek summer 2006, Domino may 2006, Viva Terra spring & summer 2007.
our celebration and experience the spirit of Africa!