'The idea of Nkuku came from a year out from working life, travelling mainly through Africa and India. We wanted to find away to promote and develop the traditional skills of the artisans we met along the way, whilst building a sustainable business for ourselves, and in the process improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endured.

The name 'Nkuku" was borrowed from a village in Zambia where we saw it whitewashed on a hut and the business plan jotted down in the back of a paper back. On our return to the UK we relocated from London to south Devon, and so began the journey of Nkuku.  

Nkuku is socially responsible and built on the principles of fair trade and equal opportunity.'


Ian Mankin


Famous for their collection of tickings, stripes, checks, plains and their new print collection MONO.

Design, quality and service are at the heart of their business.  Fabrics are made from 100% natural fibres and that they weave them in the UK in their own traditional Lancashire cotton mill, run by the same family for six generations.