About us

ASSiA was originally founded by Fi MacDonald in 2001 as Flickering Foods. Following her move to Kenya in 2005 the company has transitioned to selling a unique range of African home accessories. In 2017 ASSiA was born.

With a discerning eye for new and exotic textures, colours and style ASSiA brings together the very best from a few of East Africa’s finest artisans; empowering women and communities, using recycled materials where possible and always ensuring Fairtrade.

ASSiA sells online and at Charity Fairs across the UK during Autumn/Winter. Based in the Scottish Borders we can post anywhere in the world. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with our news and enjoy our African inspired living.

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Our Artisans

Baskets – The Sisal Baskets are all woven by an elderly women’s group in Kitui and then hand finished with leather trims and handles in Nairobi. The Woollen Kiondo are woven by a group of ladies from the Karatina District, the style and choices of colour being their own individual as taught to them by family members.

Glass Collection – A large range of engraved glasses and bottles for use as drinking vessels, ornamental or Candle holders. These use old wine bottles and are beautifully engraved by a team of artisans trained by Sue Dumbelton at Ngare Ndare/Lewa.

Horn Products – made of Ankole cow horn. The horn is a byproduct of farming in Uganda, ensuring nothing goes to waste.

Salad Bowls and Platters – Our gorgeous range of organic creamy Jacaranda Wood is carved by a co-operative of Kamba wood carvers in the Machakos District. In compliance with Kenyan regulations, official licences for tree felling are strictly adhered to.