12.02.2016 - 16.02.2016 — Hall: 10.0 Stand: A 79
The story of our horn begins with a little girl.
Growing up in Uganda, Olivia spent much of her time on her father’s ranch, where the beautiful expanse of savannah was populated by thousands of their Ankole long horned cows alongside buffalo, zebra, leaopards and lions. Here, he quizzed her on the names of his cows, which he knew by heart. He told her tales of his ancestors, the ancient rulers of the Buhweju kingdom, and used their stories to teach her profound life lessons, immersed in a culture centered around a love of people and animals.
As approaches to ranching in Africa have shifted, many farmers in Olivia’s tribe have begun to crossbreed their ankole with higher milk yielding breeds to generate increased income. This practice is shrinking the Ankole population, and wiping out the cultural norms of the nomadic tribes whose histories are bound with their cattle.
Through creating new markets for Ankole horn, we are improving the economic value of this culturally significant breed — providing incentive for Ugandan ranchers to continue their ancient practice of raising the Ankole.
WHEN YOU WORK WITH ANKOLE HORN, YOU’LL FIND THAT ITS DURABILITY SURPASSES ALL OTHERS
Making it the perfect material for carving solid designs, cutting eyewear frames, or drilling holes for custom wardrobe accessories.
Unlike horn from other areas of the world, which is primarily brown or black, designers we partner with are often pleasantly surprised to find Ankole horn to be a light, ivory coloration, often with exotic stripes of brown and black.
We craft custom white label home goods and designs from this Ankole horn, as well as co-branded lines that tell the story of Olivia's tribe, and our commitment to the preservation of the Ankole.
Customizable kitchen goods: whiskey tumblers, wine holders, bowls, plates, cutlery.
Soap dishes, toothbrush holders, towel holders, q-tip and cotton ball holders, jewelry dishes.