Wanderlust Collectables – Beautiful, Handmade, Unusual
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
Inspired by a love of travel and the depth of diversity in meeting new people from around the planet, the team from Wanderlust Collectables aims to share their wares, which are often beautiful, handmade and unusual.
As a family-run business, Wanderlust Collectables is driven by a belief in the innate ability of humans from every corner of the globe to create art and beauty in everyday objects. They have a keen appreciation of travel, which enables them to share with you the artisans and unusual products and captivating stories from the places they visit.
We spoke to Haseena Dadabhay, owner of Wanderlust Collectables about how they source their products and what visitors to their Durban store can expect. This is what she had to share…
What makes your products unique?
Our products often contain an element of surprise which isn’t always noticeable at first glance. They invite you to look closer, to stop what you’re doing and allow yourself to be transported to another place, another time. In that way, you feel a connection to the maker. It isn’t a tangible thing, but many of our products take you out of your head and into your heart.
Where do your source most of your products from?
Most of our products are from Kenya, Tanzania, India and Turkey at the moment, but we are constantly looking to source from new and exciting places.
What style would you describe your products as?
I would say eclectic in the sense that the products are unconventional, artistic and full of soul. Every product has been carefully, uniquely and slowly hand-crafted, often bearing some characteristic of the maker.
What inspired you to start this collection?
My curiosity about the world and deep-seated belief in the beautiful, creative spirit of her inhabitants. I have also always felt that through connection we begin to have a better understanding of each other and what better way to connect with people in far-flung countries than through their craftsmanship!
How do you combine a boho chic style to your interior?
Fill your home with things that you love. To me, this means living in a way that is true to yourself. It’s a fluid concept and flies in the face of rules.
More about Wanderlust Collectables…
Wanderlust Collectables hosts an ever-changing collection of beautiful, artisanal products from around the world. Shop gorgeous rugs, quilts, Turkish towels and more. They stock kantha quilts, suzani embroidery throws, vintage pieces and appliqué quilts. In-store you will also find a small range of luxurious body products that come from Zanzibar. Naturally abundant in nutrients and protein-rich seaweed. Everything is stirred and cut by hand, with a close level of attention, and made in small batches.
These products are full of character, and are usually hand-made. By learning about the stories behind the products, they offer a way for clients to connect with the makers which in turn encourages an appreciation for the love, skill and effort put into each item.
The collection changes from time to time, as the team continues to explore fantastic and far-flung places. They aim to constantly keep the shop fresh and exciting, to keep bringing the best in authentic, handmade goods that the world has to offer. Each piece gives us an interesting, lively and interactive experience and is just a glimpse into cultures and countries yet to be explored.
Pop by to explore their wares at 48 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, South Africa.
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