How we began

 

Pamela, founder and co-owner of Zaliwana Accessories, designs many of the products herself and has had a life-long passion for textiles and interior design. Her upbringing in Zambia provided the grounding for many of her inspirations. Some of her influences are from childhood living with great grandparent’s in their remote village during school holidays.

All their furniture was self-carved using a lot of earthen pots and gourds. The gourds were grown by her great grandparents, dried and then prepared as decorative pieces. These were hung around the room or filled with wild flowers. The table linen and a well-presented house were important factors for them. The walls of their clay brick house were beautifully decorated with a variety of coloured clay. Zambia is dry for eight months of the year, so having bright flowers in a simple jam jar would always brighten up their house!

Eleni, co-owner of Zaliwana Accessories, grew-up in the UK but has retained a love and respect for her Greek heritage through strong connections with her family based in Greece. Her grandmother grew-up in a small village in the Peloponnese where she spent most of her days in the home perfecting her skill in designing and making clothes and home furnishings. To her, the importance of a beautiful well-presented family home, where anyone would feel welcome, was paramount. This helped shape Eleni’s influences and tastes in home décor and accessories.

Pamela and Eleni's paths crossed instantly creating an African-European fusion, which resulted in opening their own business offering an eclectic mix of products that are different, quirky and quite unique. They are strong advocates of quality handmade goods, sourced globally reflecting a variety of cultures and traditions.

Since being a young girl, Pamela always dreamed of her ideal home, its interior design and style. This she referred to as her Zaliwana House...