Tell us about Mungo.
Mungo was founded in 1998 by master weaver Stuart Holding. His passion for weaving began at a young age when he completed an apprenticeship at the Yorkshire mills after finishing school. Using his skill and passion for weaving, Stuart restored two antique Hattersley looms that were abandoned and created the Mungo Working Weaving Museum in Plettenberg Bay. Since then Stuart has accumulated a small collection of looms from different eras and developed Mungo’s wide range of products. Mungo remains a family-run business, crossing generations as Stuart’s two children have come on board.
What makes Mungo’s products unique?
With the rise of mass production in Asia and exploitation in the global textile industry (where quality is often compromised), we are seeing an increased demand for sustainable, fair-trade textiles that are made to last.
At Mungo, we create a niche product that is of superior quality and design and that fulfills the needs of the modern day consumer—a fair trade product that is made using local materials (where possible) and local skills in a sustainable manner. We use vintage equipment alongside modern technology, and we understand the heritage behind our industry. We engage in community development, and all our employees have become skilled artisans.
Mungo possesses the rare ability to produce a fabric from the initial idea to the finished product. This allows us to be organic in our design process. Some of our designs are adapted from historic pattern books and given a creative or modern edge. Others have African influence, inspired by the traditional textiles collected from travels.
Please tell us about the products you offer.
Mungo produces a wide range of homeware products that are all woven, cut, and sewn at our boutique mill in Plettenberg Bay. The range includes flat weave towels, linen bedding, throws and blankets, kitchen and table linens, baby blankets, and a small range of apparel including scarves, aprons, and dressing gowns.
What materials do you specialize in?
At Mungo we only use quality natural fibers. Whenever possible, we use organic and homegrown yarns. Our cotton comes from Swaziland, South Africa, and Tanzania. We do also import the best quality linen yarn and chenille from Europe.
And, the artisans you work with?
Mungo’s team is an integral part of maintaining a sustainable mill. All of our weavers and seamstresses have become skilled artisans with continued specialization in their respective roles. Empowering the local community is a driving force in Mungo’s philosophy and integral to our future growth.
Who is your target clientele?
Mungo ships products all over the world. We have an online store as well as three shops in South Africa. We also work in wholesale and have stockists across the globe.
Tell us about your production capabilities.
Typically we hold stock of our products and the lead-time will be up to one week. Our color ranges for some items are vast, but if we do not have a particular colorway in stock the lead-time can take up to 2 weeks. We have three pricing structures for international customers, which vary for different quantities purchased.
We do offer custom orders and development depending on our capabilities. For example, we are currently working on a custom order for a resort in the Maldives. In line with their coral color theme, we have been developing a towel range that includes a coral stripe.
Where can we purchase your beautiful products?
Our full range of homeware products can be found on our online store www.mungo.co.za. We do offer worldwide shipping.