About Us

Ethnobongo ...&Banana 

The owner's ' bio!

Established since 1998 at the beginning of the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive in HoutBay - Cape Town - South Africa

And Banana is the brand name for our handmade jewellery, the funny name ...& Banana is the result of a legal dispute we had with Dolce & Gabbana who did not appreciate our store being called Dolce & Banana .and sued us...so the name had to be truncated !
The jewellery is  inspired by contemporary African bead work, organic elements available in this part of the world,  and global fashion trends.
Ethno Bongo is the brand name of our Decor range using reclaimed wood, oak wine barrels, palm fronds, driftwood, blue gum, and more. And again all items made in our workshop in Hout Bay Harbour
 The creativity is endless, funky birds, penquins, ostriches made from Palm leaves, calabashes and feathers. Mirrors, candle holders, frames, wine bottle racks, stools and tables, clocks and ceramic sculptures all inspired by the sea side.



All Decor and jewellery products are designed by Ralf and Mijou Beller and made in Hout Bay with  a team of local crafters


Xoliswa, Zandie and Tembi  beading Al Fresco



Mijou and the team beading in the sun outside the store

Ethno Bongo factory - Bay Harbour Market - Hout Bay


Work room at &Banana  



Ralf and Phumlani at the Ethno bongo shop in Houtbay Harbour